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COVID-19 Testing

Primary Care, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Health located in Tucson, Tempe, and Phoenix, AZ

COVID testing
COVID-19 Testing services offered in Tucson, AZ

Consider COVID-19 testing if you’re preparing to travel or attend a major event. A negative result can provide peace of mind and protect those around you. At Priority Medical Group, the caring providers offer COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. To make an appointment in Tucson, Tempe, or Scottsdale, Arizona, call the nearest office or book online today..

What is COVID-19 testing?

COVID-19 testing analyzes a sample of your mucus or saliva for the presence of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). A COVID-19 test provides a quick and convenient way to determine if you’re contagious. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes and Priority Medical Group typically provides results within 24 hours.

Who should consider COVID-19 testing?

Make an appointment at Priority Medical Group for COVID-19 testing if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste and smell

You should also schedule COVID-19 testing if you experience gastrointestinal symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that last more than a day.

What are the types of COVID-19 testing?

Priority Medical Group offers several types of COVID-19 testing, including:

Antigen COVID-19 testing

An antigen test examines your mucus or saliva for the presence of viral markers called antigens. If you have COVID-19, antibodies in the test bind to them, leading to a positive result.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing

PCR COVID-19 testing analyzes your mucus or saliva for genetic material from the novel coronavirus. They’re considered more accurate than antigen tests, because they look for multiple viral genes, instead of just one.

COVID-19 antibody testing

Antibody testing analyzes a sample of your blood for COVID-19 antibodies –– proteins that your immune system produces to fight infection. Antibody testing won’t determine if you’re currently contagious, but it can confirm if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past.

How can I reduce my risk of COVID-19?

You can significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 by staying up-to-date on your vaccines and boosters. Priority Medical Group offers several types of COVID vaccines and boosters. After a review of your medical records and a physical exam, your provider can recommend one that aligns with your needs.

Aside from getting vaccinated, Priority Medical Group recommends:

  • Wearing a well-fitting mask in public, if COVID-19 transmission is high
  • Testing regularly to prevent the spread to others
  • Washing your hands throughout the day
  • Covering your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze
  • Staying at home if you feel sick

If you’re feeling unwell and worry it might be COVID-19, make an appointment at Priority Medical Group by calling the nearest office or booking online today.

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