Can I get a COVID-19 test at McFarland Clinic?
Patients with Symptoms or Known Exposure
McFarland Clinic offers appointments for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for individuals with known exposure or symptomatic illness. Please contact your primary care provider or one of our Urgent Care or Express Care locations to arrange a test.
Effective September 7, 2021, McFarland Clinic has temporarily discontinued offering COVID-19 Travel Testing. We have made the decision to prioritize our specimen collection and testing resources for patients with known exposure or symptomatic illness. As a result of inconsistent testing supplies and the inability to guarantee timely results for travel testing, McFarland Clinic is recommending the following sites for more information on the availability of COVID-19 Travel Testing:
What is an Antigen test?
Please see the following information regarding Antigen Testing:
- SARS Antigen Fact Sheet for Patients (Sofia SARS Antigen FIA)
- SARS Antigen Fact Sheet for Providers
COVID-19 testing will be processed either within McFarland Clinic or sent to a private reference lab. There may be a cost associated with the test. Patients are encouraged to check with their insurance carrier for coverage and to provide the following codes:
- U0003 - COVID PCR lab test - $202.00
- 86769 - COVID Antibody test - $87.00
- 87426-QW - COVID Antigen test - $84.00
McFarland Clinic offers a discount on COVID testing services for uninsured patients. If a patient is uninsured and has a qualifying COVID-19 service provided, McFarland submits the charges to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the CARES Act. Generally this charge is reimbursed to McFarland and the patient experiences no out-of-pocket expense for the qualifying service. Please direct any questions to our Business Office.
My employer is requiring a doctor’s note that says I don’t have COVID-19 so I can return to work. How do I get one?
McFarland Clinic will only test patients meeting CDC criteria. The CDC is advising employers: “Do not require healthcare providers to issue notes for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work.” McFarland is following this guidance as outlined in CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers. View more information about employer guidance here.
Questions? Call 211 - IDPH Public Hotline
The Iowa Department of Public Health has established a public hotline for Iowans with general questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 211.
Please refer to these resources for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 in Iowa and in the United States.