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Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing


What is a Rapid COVID test? 

The rapid COVID test is a test that looks for an antigen or a protein of the COVID 19 virus. The result is available the same day; however, it can take up to 3 days to verify the results. 

How do I schedule a Rapid Covid Test?  For current BVCHC patient who have COVID contact or symptoms, call 401-722-0081 to speak to a provider today.  

Where do I go to get tested?  For current BVCHC patients, once you have an appointment, you will be tested at:  

Who can be tested?

  • Open to all current BVCHC patients with a scheduled testing appointment (see above). Available to new patients following a new patient appointment with a provider. We have select same day appointments available. 
  • Testing for Rhode Islanders who do not have symptoms (also called asymptomatic testing) is available through the RI DOH, click here for more information. 

Please note because the information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing, the RI DOH and CDC currently might require a PCR test  or other verification if your rapid test is negative. before we can release the results of your rapid test.  Therefore, it may take 2-3 business days to receive your final results. When swabbing for the rapid test you will also be swabbed for the PCR test, which will be sent if needed to verify your results. If your rapid test is positive you will be notified same day.

What is PCR Testing? 

One of the ways to verify the results of rapid COVID test is through a PCR test. The PCR test checks for the genetic material of the virus. The PCR test is developed in a lab and can take several days. 

How do I get my results?  We encourage patients to use the Patient Portal to get documentation of results. If for any reason, an established patient cannot access the portal, please be advised that we will contact you by phone with your results. 

If you need proof of a negative COVID test

If an employer, school, or travel plans, etc. require proof of a negative COVID test, we encourage you to check with them directly about which test is needed. Some will accept only a rapid test, while others require a PCR test. The RI DOH offers testing specifically for travel and for school aged children and school employees.