At-Home Test Kits Now Available
At-home tests are easy to use and very convenient. You simply register your kit online, provide a saliva sample and send the sample to the lab in a prepaid envelope. Two to three days later, you’ll have your test results.
The at-home saliva test kit is a PCR test, which is considered to be the gold standard for virus testing. Testing at home can be especially convenient for:
- Those planning a trip
- Children who need testing
- People who are unable or unwilling to travel to a testing site
- Business travelers
I had a patient recently who still travels for work, and therefore needs regular COVID-19 testing (his wife won’t let him back in the house until he’s had a COVID test). The at-home test kit is great for him, as he can take it on the trip, provide a sample a couple of days before he travels home, and be let in the house sooner when he arrives back home.
At-home test kits are not covered by insurance, but do offer a good, quick solution if you are unable to find an available testing appointment. The kits cost $185. There is no fee for shipping the kit to your home, and a prepaid envelope is provided for you to ship your sample to the lab. You can also opt to pick up a kit at our Diversey testing site in Lincoln Park if you want to get it on the same day you order.
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, we strongly advise you to make an appointment at one of our clinics so you can be evaluated by a medical provider.