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Rapid COVID-19 PCR testing

We are proud to deliver the fastest rt-PCR test results in Chicago.

Fast. Safe. Effective. 

At Loop Medical Center, we know how important it is to get quick, accurate PCR testing when you think you may have COVID-19. Unlike most testing centers, we have our own high-throughput laboratory that allows us to deliver same day results, depending on testing volume. 

Your health matters

When you’re sick, it’s crucial to get a proper diagnosis – that’s why we do things differently. Local competitors have to send out their tests to independent labs, which take 24-72 hours to yield results. We offer the following oral/nasal swabs, tested in our very own lab:

On-site testing: with our on-site testing, our qualified team will help walk you through sample collection before sending to our lab for fast results

At-home testing: unlike other labs, we’ll send our self-administered nasal swab COVID-19 testing kits directly to your home or to your employee’s home

Off-site testing: for symptom-free individuals/employees who have not been exposed to COVID-19, our self-collection testing is available

COVID-19 Antigen Point-of-Care Testing (nasal swab): if you believe you may have had COVID-19, our antigen testing provides results in 15-20 minutes for asymptomatic individuals, students, or employees

Same-day COVID-19 IgG Antibody Testing (blood/serology): antibody testing is available for those who believe they’ve previously had COVID-19 but do not have symptoms. This test checks for antibodies that may have developed after exposure to the virus. While other labs provide results in 2-4 days, ours are available same-day, within an hour or less.     

Our laboratory CLIA number: 14D2189187

Our laboratory COLA Accreditation number: ID 30506

FAQ

Please examine the FAQ section, information changes frequently.

THE NO-COST SHARING COVID TEST OPTION IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MEDICAL NECESSITY. 

ALL OTHER PURPOSES FOR TESTING WILL REQUIRE AN OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSE.

How much does Covid-19 testing cost?

Depending on the circumstances, we may bill you directly or bill your insurance carrier. Regardless of who receives the bill, your insurance carrier is required by law to cover the full cost of your test and its administration as long as you received the test based on an individualized clinical assessment from a licensed or authorized health care provider. Contact your insurance carrier if you have questions about your coverage. If you do not have insurance you will be required to pay for the test(s) at the time of service.

$55.00 – Covid-19 Antigen Test (Rapid)

Results in 15 minutes, results post to your patient portal in 60 minutes.

$100.00 – Covid-19 rt-PCR Test

Same day results available, results post to your patient portal within 24 hours of sample collection.

$400.00 – Covid-19 rt-PCR Emergency Test (includes screening exam and evaluation) 

Results in 60 minutes, results post to your patient portal in 60 minutes.

$80.00- COVID ANTIBODY TEST

Results in 30 minutes, results post to your patient portal in 30 minutes.

$100.00-COVID Screening exam and evaluation 

PLEASE NOTE: Previously, the US Government allocated funds for individuals without insurance, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, and the provider could bill the Illinois HFS COVID or the federal HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program. The HRSA fund was depleted effective March 22, 2022 @11:59 pm. Loop Medical Center will charge any uninsured patients the cash rates listed above.

For contact tracing and/or insurance purposes, no matter if your insurance covers the test or you pay out of pocket, please present the following documents:

  1. Medical Insurance, if covered (physical card or image of card)
  2. Valid Government Photo ID (i.e. Drivers License, Passport or a Government-Issued ID Card)
    1. Minors are required to have any reasonable documentation and parent/guardian presence is required

Overview of Testing for Covid-19:

We offer sample collection via nose, cheek (buccal), or spit (saliva). All tests are NAAT rt-PCR tests processed onsite within our CLIA / COLA certified laboratory.

The highest level of evidence for test sensitivity, specificity and accuracy will always be via Nasopharyngeal swab. This test can be very uncomfortable, therefore CDC released it as a surrogate: a self-administered Anterior Nasal test now widely performed throughout the world. This test extrapolates similar sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy as the uncomfortable and the dreaded “tickle your brain” Nasopharyngeal swab.

Doctors, nurses, and medical assistants at Loop Medical Center will always perform Anterior Nasal Swab as a surrogate of Nasopharyngeal swab. If you require a buccal or saliva test, please request this at the time of your appointment.

Loop Medical Center continuously updates its practice based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) testing standards. Please refer to the Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) for details.

Types of rt-PCR tests we offer:

By default, rt-PCR Anterior Nasal swab is a self administered test.
rt-PCR Nasopharyngeal swab is by request, please ask on site.
rt-PCR Saliva is by request, please ask on site.
rt-PCR Buccal swab is by request, please ask on site.

How long does it take to get Rapid Covid-19 results?

Results in 15 minutes, results post to your patient portal in 60 minutes.

How long does it take to get rt-PCR Covid-19 results?

If you arrive at our Grand Avenue location by 1:00 pm, you will receive your result the same day @5:00 pm.  All other locations will have results @12:00 pm the following day. You are going to get the standard “rt-PCR test” which you can travel and get clearance anywhere. We WILL NOT CALL you, please do NOT call us for your results – they will be posted to your patient portal. 

NOTE: Always check your spam emails, spam text, check your portal account, and if still no results, please email Covid@LoopMedicalCenter.com.

How can I get my results?

You must register for a patient portal and provide an email and a cell phone. If you are a foreign national and do not have a USA cell phone – let us know at your arrival. 

Please register for a portal account immediately after completing any test, you will need it to view your results. Access to your portal account will be provided after your initial visit. As soon as your results are available you will receive a text and or an email directing you to a portal account to view your results. Please specify at the time of collection if you require: QR code, passport number, our CLIA certificate, a stamp or signature and fill of any specific form you require. We can also print your results. If you require an emergent travel test, please book accordingly.

NOTE: If you do not receive an email or text notification, please check your spam folder, and log into your PORTAL account located on the top bar of our website.

Do I have to pay for any testing?

Depending on the circumstances, we may bill you directly or bill your insurance carrier. Regardless of who receives the bill, your insurance carrier is required by law to cover the full cost of your test and its administration as long as you received the test based on an individualized clinical assessment from a licensed or authorized health care provider. Contact your insurance carrier if you have questions.

Saturday and Sunday test results timelines:

rt-PCR tests performed after 1:00 pm on Saturday, and all day Sunday will result on Monday by 1pm. 

If you require an EMERGENCY test for travel, or any other reason please book accordingly.

Do I have to disclose my insurance?

Yes, if you have it and have verified your own coverage. We will bill your insurance If you have insurance and opt to not provide it, you will be at risk for an audit through your insurance company.

How can I contact you?

For any questions and faster responses please email: covid@loopmedicalcenter.com

Calls are returned much slower, so please email us.

 

Vaccinations and Boosters:

We vaccinate and boost children and adults per FDA/CDC guidelines. For mobile vaccinations for  groups larger than 25  please email Covid@LoopMedicalCenter.com for details.

Do you Covid-19 test and vaccinate children?

Yes per FDA/CDC guidelines, any age.

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Loop Medical Center

Streeterville

COVID Testing only

432 E Grand Ave, Suite A, Chicago, IL 60611
Onsite Testing Hours – 7 Days A Week
Monday – Friday 7:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 7:00am – 1:00pm

Walk in appointments available

Loop Medical Center

South Loop

COVID Testing only

1921 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Onsite Testing Hours – 7 Days A Week
Monday – Friday 7:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 7:00am – 1:00pm

Walk in appointments available

Loop Medical Center

Streeterville

Vaccinations and Boosters Only

432 E Grand Ave, Suite A, Chicago, IL 60611
Monday 8am – 12pm
*More weekday availability added as needed

Walk in appointments available

TEST OPTIONS

Please read FAQ’s above for more information.

$55.00 – Covid-19 Antigen Test (Rapid)

Results in 15 minutes, results post to your patient portal in 60 minutes.

$100.00 – Covid-19 rt-PCR Test

Same day results available, results post to your patient portal within 24 hours of sample collection.

$400.00 – Covid-19 rt-PCR Emergency Test (includes screening exam and evaluation) 

Results in 60 minutes, results post to your patient portal in 60 minutes.

$80.00- COVID ANTIBODY TEST

Results in 30 minutes, results post to your patient portal in 30 minutes.

$100.00-COVID Screening exam and evaluation 

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