FAQ - COVID-19 Testing at GW Immediate & Primary Care

Does GW Immediate and Primary Care provide COVID-19 testing?
  • Yes, we offer COVID-19 testing at all three locations for patients with or without symptoms.
  • Testing is done on a first come, first served basis. Walk right in—no appointments are made for COVID testing.
  • We are currently using PCR testing, and results take about 2-3 days to return.
Does GW Immediate and Primary Care provide COVID-19 Antibody testing?

If you would like antibody testing, we recommend making a telehealth appointment or walking in during non-COVID Testing hours. COVID-19 antibody tests are only provided to patients without active COVID-19 symptoms.

Are their specific days and times when I can get a test?

No, you can come in during our normal operating hours to receive a COVID-19 test and to be evaluated.  Visit gwdocsipc.com for locations and hours information.

How long does it take to get my results?

Typically, results take 2-3 days to return. However, times are subject to change.

How will I get my results?

We’ll call you with your results or release your results via your MyChart portal. If we don’t reach you, we’ll mail them to you after our third attempt.

Results will immediately display in your MyChart portal. Make sure we have your email address on file so you can sign up for MyChart. For MyChart support, call the MyChart Patient Help Desk at (202) 741-3110.

What happens if I test positive?

Per the CDC, if you test positive you should stay at home in isolation.  You can end home-isolation after the following 3 points are true:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication (i.e., Tylenol, Advil) AND
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
What symptoms are typical of COVID-19?

You may experience any one or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Fever               
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion / Runny nose
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms may vary and range from mild to severe in nature. Because you may experience these symptoms with other types of viral infections like the common cold, it is important to consult with a health care professional for further guidance.

When should I seek emergency medical attention?

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

Please call your medical provider or seek emergency medical attention if you have any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms?

Per the CDC, you can end home isolation once 10 days have passed since the date you tested positive AND you were symptom free for the last 24 hours.

Do I need to get tested again after an initial positive result and after completing the appropriate isolation procedures as outlined by the CDC?

No, you do not need to get retested, as long as you are not experiencing symptoms and have completed the appropriate quarantining period.

Some employers, in order to allow you to return to work, may request that you present proof you are no longer shedding active virus, and therefore, not able to transmit the virus to others. This may be in the form of a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation from a health care provider.

How much does a COVID-19 test cost?

IPC accepts most major health insurances. Cost with insurance will vary depending on insurance plan co-pay / co-insurance / deductible. We will not collect a co-pay at the time of your visit. If you don’t have insurance, it costs $150 to be evaluated for COVID-19 testing, and you will receive a separate bill from LabCorp.

What should I expect when getting tested?

Upon arrival you will be asked to sit in specific area within the clinic, you will speak to a health care provider who will ask questions related to the illness, and then you will have a nasal swab performed by a health care professional.

Where can I learn more about COVID 19 testing?

The CDC website has up to date and easy to understand information for many common questions related to COVID-19.

The DC Department of Health has the latest on Coronavirus statistics, directives from the Mayor and other general information.