A new option for rapid covid tests in Pinellas

There is a new, but not free option now for people who want a rapid-result COVID test.

The Tampa Bay Times reported:

Ahead of the holidays, BayCare Health System is expanding rapid coronavirus tests, which will also test for the flu, to nine of its urgent care centers, according to a press release from the health care system.

Asymptomatic individuals can get the test, which will not be billed by insurance and will instead be a self-payment of $150, according to BayCare. Patients will get results within a half hour, and the RT-PCR test is as accurate as a lab-based test, according to BayCare. It also uses a shorter swab than the traditional PCR test.

These are the other rapid testing sites in Pinellas County.

Those closest rapid test site to our neighborhood is the AFC Urgent Care across from Tyrone Mall. Wait times are often hours long and even with insurance, you will pay $80 out-of-pocket.

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