Our goal is to make the entire process fast, anxiety-free, and highly efficient, so anyone with positive results can act quickly to isolate and seek treatment before the disease reaches an acute stage and requires hospitalization.
HOUSTON (PRWEB) July 23, 2020
As the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to surge and the Texas Department of Health is reporting an average of 9,358 new cases per day over the past week, testing sites are increasingly overwhelmed and processing backlogs are causing delays in providing patients their results. To respond to the urgent need for effective testing to help stop the spread, Houston-based GMED Global, LLC, today announced the launch of its first rapid COVID-19 testing operation. GMED’s Rapid COVID Clinic has opened a drive-through testing site at 5556 Gasmer Drive in Houston. COVID testing is available by appointment or for drop-ins, with results available in under an hour.
This unique test, manufactured by Quidel, is one of the few rapid antigen tests in the country. It provides a pain-free nasal swab that can be self-administered - minimizing the exposure between test takers and health care providers. This highly accurate test directly detects the presence of COVID-19 and offers results in approximately 30 minutes to one hour.
“We’re proud to offer access to rapid COVID testing to the Houston community,” said Dr. Ramin Ahmadi, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of GMED. “Our goal is to make the entire process fast, anxiety-free, and highly efficient, so anyone with positive results can act quickly to isolate and seek treatment before the disease reaches an acute stage and requires hospitalization. By helping to identify COVID-positive individuals in our community we’re also hoping to support contact tracing efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and save lives.”
In addition to confirming the virus in both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, negative test results can also be used to return to work and travel safely. GMED also offers on-site COVID-19 screening to area businesses, federal health clinics, and schools.
The test does not require a doctor’s referral. Individuals can schedule an online appointment or drive to the testing site. The cost of each test is $135, payable by credit card. For more information about testing sites, rules, and procedures, or to schedule an appointment visit http://www.rapidcovidclinic.com.