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GatherWell COVID Testing -  - On-Site Laboratory Services

GatherWell COVID Testing

Laboratory Services, COVID Testing, and Testing Center located in Ham Lake, Otsego, and Edina, MN

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a newly discovered and highly contagious strain of coronavirus. The disease causes a range of symptoms that may be life-threatening to certain groups of people. GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing in Ham Lake, Edina, and Otsego, Minnesota, offers COVID testing options, including antigen, molecular, PCR, and antibody testing. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or were in close contact with someone who tested positive, the highly skilled team can provide the answers you need quickly. Call the office or book an appointment online. Same-day services and on-site group testing is also available.

Testing Options Q & A

What COVID-19 lab tests are provided?

 

GatherWell is a locally owned and independent laboratory that provides a variety of COVID-19 testing with timely and accurate results.  

The laboratory has a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Certificate of Waiver from the Minnesota Department of Health. This certificate allows them to use the most advanced testing tools available and perform accurate, quick, on-site COVID-19 testing.

How to get a COVID-19 test with GatherWell?

Instructions:

  1. Book an appointment online
  2. Arrive at GatherWell at your scheduled appointment time
  3. Park in line that leads up to the swabbing tent
  4. Stay in the vehicle and continue to pull forward until swabbed
  5. After swabbing, you will receive your results within minutes.
  6. Manage your life with timely information

What happens during lab tests for COVID-19?

GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing provides specific instructions for your COVID-19 lab test. They request that you arrive at the testing site at the time of your scheduled appointment and follow the posted signs for swabbing. You remain in your vehicle the entire time.

During your lab test, the lab staff inserts a shallow nasal swab into your nose and swirls it around for a few seconds in both nostrils to collect the specimen.

After swabbing, the lab staff provides instructions on accessing your test results. Antigen and antibody results are available within as little as 15 minutes. PCR test results are available 24-48 hours as they are sent to an off-site lab for processing.

The entire lab test process is quick and easy from start to finish. Most insurance companies reimburse you for COVID testing. 

What is group testing?

Group testing is one of the services offered at GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing. The lab is dedicated to protecting the community and providing timely information to gather well. 

Large events and gatherings may lead to a COVID-19 breakout. Group testing may help prevent your gathering from turning into a superspreader event.

The team includes health professionals with decades of experience who use advanced tools and technology for COVID testing, so you get results quickly. 

With group testing, the team can test up to 100 people an hour. 

Who can get group testing?

GatherWell Rapid offers on-site employee group testing and event group testing. The laboratory practice can accommodate any group or event and creates personalized plans for all group testing needs.  The lab can provide on-site group testing for daycare centers, child care providers, and all types of events, including conferences, large meetings, and personal affairs. 

Additionally, GatherWell can provide COVID-19 testing, which may benefit families who are planning a trip. Your airline or destination may require proof of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel.  It is your responsibility to ensure the type of test and timing of your test is appropriate for your destination.

What happens during group testing?

With group testing, the team at GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing uses their mobile lab unit to perform the COVID-19 testing. The lab staff uses a nasal swab and point of care analyzers, so you get results in as little as 15 minutes.

For your safety and the safety of the lab technicians, GatherWell Rapid COVID-19 Testing requests that you maintain the set social distancing guidelines and that each participant wears a mask. 

During the group testing, the lab staff collects secretions from both nostrils with a shallow nasal swab. They test each participant separately.

After collecting the specimen, the lab technicians test the sample and provide timely results.

Group testing for COVID-19 gives you the peace of mind you need to gather well. To learn more about group testing at GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

How accurate are lab tests for COVID-19?

At this time, no COVID-19 tests are 100%. There are several options of testing that can help you identify if you have or had COVID-19. The right test for you will depend on your individual situation, symptoms, exposure, and reason for testing. 

GatherWell uses the most advanced lab testing available for your COVID-19 test. For example, the current Antigen testing system reports a 98.2% probability that the negative result is correct and a greater than 99% chance the positive result is correct.

Learn more about lab tests at GatherWell: 

Antigen Testing

PCR Testing

Antibody Testing