FAQ

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR COVID-19 TESTING?

If you are planning to get tested for coronavirus testing at Ross Bridge Medical Center or any other testing facility, you need to ensure that you have made the initial phone call to let the clinic know that you are coming in for testing. Walk-ins will not be accepted. You do not need to fast before your test. You should take all your medications like usual on the day of testing.  For additional information and to schedule your appointment by calling 205-92COVID or visit www.covidalabama.com.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

After your over-the-phone consultation you will be given a next-date, on-location time to visit the clinic to be tested. A physician will administer your test from your vehicle within a half-hour window. 

WHAT IF MY TEST IS POSITIVE?

A positive test result for COVID-19 indicates that RNA from SARS-CoV-2 was detected, and the patient is presumptively infected with the virus and presumed to be contagious. As per CDC’s guidelines, if you test positive you need to wear a mask when you are around people, quarantine yourself in a separate room in the house and wash and disinfect your hands frequently during the day. You should let your primary doctor (if you are not a patient at RBMC) know about your test results as well. 

WHAT IF MY TEST IS NEGATIVE?

A negative test result for this test means that SARSCoV-2 RNA was not present in the specimen above the limit of detection. However, a negative result does not rule out COVID-19. You should still continued to take precautions to protect yourself as mentioned above and if you develop new symptoms, you should get retested.

HOW OLD MUST A PATIENT BE?

Ross Bridge Medical Center & Pediatrics will see all patients including newborns. 

WHAT ARE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms of COVID 19 can range from mild fever, cough and shortness of breath, sore throat or body aches to severe life threatening pneumonia. Symptoms may not start for up to two weeks after getting exposed to the virus.

SHOULD I GET TESTED?

Current guideline for COVID19 testing say if you feel sick, have symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath or body aches, if you have travelled within or outside the US to an area with ongoing spread of coronavirus, if you have come in contact with anyone with symptoms of coronavirus then you should get tested.

INSURANCE INFORMATION

Lab testing will be billed through your insurance provider, including all major carriers, Medicare, and Medicaid. Only Alabama residents are qualified for testing at these locations. 

RESOURCES & HOURS OF OPERATION

Ross Bridge Medical Center & Pediatrics registration and testing will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours of operation will be re-evaluated daily.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF AND FAMILY FROM GETTING SICK?

As of now, the novel coronavirus is highly contagious and spreading rapidly between person to person through respiratory droplets. You can protect yourself and your family by staying at home, washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizers, avoids large gatherings and travel. Further information can be obtained at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html.