Rapid COVID-19 Testing at Texas MedClinic with results in 15 minutes
August 9, 2021
Results ready in 15 minutes
When it comes to our health and the health of those we care about, time can be paramount.
“People want to know quickly if they have the virus and if they could be infecting others,” said Texas MedClinic Chief Operating Officer and practicing physician Dr. David Gude.
Since introducing the region’s first rapid antigen test in May, Texas MedClinic has conducted over 200,000 rapid antigen tests across their 19 clinics in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Spring Branch, Austin and Round Rock.
“We are able to give patients answers and, hopefully, peace-of-mind before they walk out of our clinic,” said Gude.
With the emergence of the delta variant the positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. The highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading fast and driving new cases and hospitalizations.
Does Texas MedClinc test for the COVID-19 delta variant?
Texas MedClinic does not offer testing of specific COVID-19 variants. Testing for the delta variant is handled by the Texas Department of State Health Services. As has been the case since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Texas MedClinic reports test data to the respective health department in San Antonio, Austin, and New Braunfels. These departments are currently reviewing breakthrough cases in vaccinated patients who have positive COVID-19 PCR tests.
(Patients are highly-encouraged to Check-In Online – https://www.texasmedclinic.com–to follow social distancing guidelines and avoid time in a waiting room.)
What is the COVID-19 rapid antigen test?
The COVID-19 rapid test is manufactured by Quidel, the first manufacturer to receive Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 8, 2020 for a rapid antigen test. Named Sofia® 2 SARS Antigen FIA, the rapid point-of-care test uses a fluorescent immunoassay analyzer for the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal or nasopharyngeal specimen.
“We have used Quidel’s rapid flu and strep tests for years. We trust their diagnostic technology, and in symptomatic patients demonstrates close to 100 percent accuracy on positive COVID-19 test results, and 80 percent accuracy on negative COVID-19 tests,” said Gude.
The COVID-19 rapid antigen test requires a nasal swab. The specimen is tested in-house and is machine-read with the fluorescent immunoassay analyzer. Patients receive test results within 15 minutes.
Texas MedClinic continues to work closely with local health authorities in Bexar, Comal, Travis and Williamson counties where they have clinics, sharing data and results, as well as assisting with testing needs.
“Our goal is to keep our South, Central Texas community well, and support our local health authorities in preventing the spread of the virus, by providing efficient, effective, and compassionate medical care,” said Gude.
Consistent with the CDC and San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department, Texas MedClinic is encouraging the community to continue frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds, disinfect high-touch areas, social distance of 6 feet from another person, and wear masks to curb the spread of the virus.