COVID-19 Test Options

Understanding COVID-19 Testing 

PCR Test, Rapid Test, and Antibody Test


There are different types of tests available for COVID-19. The following identifies the testing options, please note this is a shortened version of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Testing Basics provided by the FDA (view entire chart HERE).


Molecular Test (PCR)Antigen Test (Rapid)Antibody Test
Also known as:Diagnostic test, viral test,nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), RT-PCR test, LAMP testRapid COVID test, diagnostic testSerological test, serology blood test, serology test
How the sample is taken…Nasal or throat swab (most tests) Saliva (a few tests)Nasal swabFinger stick or blood draw
Test results time…1-7 days15 – 30 minutes1-3 days
Requires additional test…Highly accurate and does not require additional testingPositive results usually accurate, negative results may require molecular testSecond antibody test may be required
What the test shows…Active coronavirus infectionActive coronavirus infectionCoronavirus infection in the past
What it can’t do…Show past COVID-19 infectionMay miss active COVID-19 infection,molecular test may need to be orderedDiagnose if you currently have or do not have COVID-19 at the time of test


When visiting EPN Urgent Care, all patients are evaluated by one of our providers to best determine which test is most appropriate for you



Need a COVID test? 

Please select ‘Reserve A Time’ under the location most convenient to you for a COVID-19 test. Please note turnaround times will be longer based on the number of tests performed.