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Velocity Urgent Care now able to give rapid COVID-19 tests

Patients at Velocity Urgent Care can now receive COVID-19 test results in 15 minutes. All Velocity locations have the Quidel Sofia 2, a rapid laboratory analyzer which is capable of running a COVID-19 antigen test faster than the average test.

“Sofia 2 is the first antigen test approved by the FDA, a new category of tests for use in the ongoing pandemic,” Velocity CEO Alan Ayers stated. “These diagnostic tests quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs, according to the FDA.”

Rapid testing is limited to patients who either have active COVID-19 symptoms, have had prolonged exposure to someone who has tested positive, if the test is needed for pre-surgical clearance or other medical needs, or as an employment testing requirement.

After evaluation, a medical professional at Velocity will determine whether a patient qualifies for the rapid test or a send-out test. Symptoms are not currently requ...

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