As businesses across Connecticut begin to reopen, more and more offices, retail locations and job sites will begin a staged reopening to resume usual, day-to-day operations. While most companies will likely have stringent health and safety measures in place to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 from hitting their business, the easiest way of knowing where things stand prior to employees returning to the workplace is by organizing return-to-work COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing. AFC Urgent Care West Hartford is working with businesses of all sizes across Hartford, West Hartford and the surrounding communities to coordinate COVID-19 testing to keep employees and customers safe and healthy.
What kind of COVID-19 tests can be ordered for my business?There are two types of tests available for employers looking for return-to-work testing. One can detect an active case of the virus in an employee currently infected with COVID-19. The other is able to detect past infection and immune response.
Diagnostic PCR TestingPCR testing can diagnose a current case of COVID-19 in a patient. The test is performed by taking a gentle swab of the lower nasal cavity, collecting a specimen for analyzing in our on-site lab. The test is painless and takes only a few moments to perform. In order to qualify for return-to-work testing, patients must be:
- Asymptomatic for at least three days, including no signs of cough, fever or body aches
- At least fourteen days past a previous positive swab test