Welcome to Appleby's Drug Store
ATTENTION: YOU WILL BE CHARGED A $99 OUT-OF-POCKET CHARGE PER TEST.Due to current medical policy updates, we are unable to provide the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance. Please schedule each patient separately. Per testing guidelines, patients should be 12 years old. If there are multiple patients from one household, schedule in consecutive timeslots and we will accommodate testing simultaneously as possible. As our schedule fills up we will open as many timeslots as possible, check back for availability to open up. Choose ANY AVAILABLE if it is listed.
We will try to accommodate rescheduled or canceled appointments but may need to charge a rescheduling fee. Only reserve a timeslot if you or a family member needs a test.
DO NOT EXIT YOUR CAR UPON ARRIVAL. PARK IN A DESIGNATED COVID-19 TESTING SPOT AND STAY IN YOUR CAR. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS POSTED OR WAIT FOR ASSISTANCE.
Q: What should I expect when I arrive for my test?
A: Follow the directions provided in the confirmation email. DO NOT ENTER THE PHARMACY UPON ARRIVAL. PARK IN A DESIGNATED COVID-19 TESTING SPOT AND STAY IN YOUR CAR. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS POSTED OR WAIT FOR ASSISTANCE. We will confirm your name and date of birth and complete the nasal swab. The test takes about ten minutes to complete and we will notify you of the results. We will make every attempt to notify you of results as you wait but depending on testing volume, you might receive a call from a staff member later in the day.
Q: Will you report my results to the department of health?
A: In accordance with Pennsylvania law, all positive, negative and inconclusive/indeterminate results must be reported within 24 hours to Pennsylvania's electronic surveillance system, PA-NEDSS. As with all of our scheduling and in-store services, this information is relayed while maintaining HIPAA-compliant standards. You may receive a call from the PA department of health to assist in contact tracing and prevent further community spread of the virus.
Q: What should I do if I test positive?
A: This test is very accurate in confirming active infections (100%). Follow these guidelines from the CDC. Even if you have no symptoms, following distancing and quarantining recommendations will help prevent further spread.
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When to seek emergency medical attention--Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
When you can be around others after a positive test is listed below. For the most part, it is 10 days after symptoms first appeared or 10 days after a positive test.
The pharmacist can discuss self care options to help manage your symptoms and can also recommend a digital thermometer or pulse oximeter if you'd like to monitor your vitals at home.
Q: What should I do if I test negative?
A: If you don't have symptoms, the rapid antigen test is fairly accurate in confirming the absence of an active infection (88% accurate). If you do have symptoms, you can either pursue a molecular (PCR) test through a local laboratory to confirm the result or follow up with your primary care provider to rule out other infections. The pharmacist can discuss self care options to help manage your symptoms.
The following handouts provide information on what your test results mean and what steps to take next.