Community Pharmacy is proud to offer rapid COVID-19 testing at all of our locations. We
understand choosing the right test can be confusing, so read on to learn more about the types
of testing we provide.
We currently have two types of viral tests (antigen and RT-PCR) that will detect an ACTIVE
infection. We also offer an antibody test that may detect if you have been infected with COVID-
19 in the PAST.
COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test
Antigen tests should be utilized to determine an ACTIVE infection with COVID-19. These tests
are designed to detect pieces of protein from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory
specimens. Sample collection for our test requires a nasal swab, and results are typically
provided by one of our pharmacists within 20 minutes.
COVID-19 Rapid PCR Test
PCR tests are a type of molecular test that detect viral RNA genes from the COVID-19 virus and
can be used to determine an ACTIVE infection with COVID-19. While many PCR tests must be
sent off to an outside lab for analysis, we can provide rapid results within 1 hour. The sample for
the PCR test is collected via nasal swab. While this test is similar to the rapid antigen test, it is
more specific and sensitive. This is why many airlines or international destinations may require
a negative PCR test for entry.
COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test
Antibody tests are designed to determine if a patient has contracted COVID-19 in the PAST,
but it does not exclude recently infected patients who are still contagious. Antibodies usually
develop 1-3 weeks following infection with COVID-19; although, we do not currently know if
patients with antibodies will remain immune and protected from reinfection. Individuals who
have received a COVID-19 vaccine may also have detectable levels of antibodies. Sample
collection is obtained by fingerstick, and results are provided within 20 minutes.
Still confused on which test may be right for you? Give one of our pharmacists a call to get a
Ready to sign up? Choose a location below to find a time that works for you. Please note,
appointments are non-refundable and may not be rescheduled.
Choose Your Testing Location
For business, group, and special event testing, please contact us at 940-484-4400.