Q: What is the difference between the types of tests available for COVID-19?
A: There are two different types of tests – diagnostic tests and antibody tests. A diagnostic test can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others.
Currently, there are two types of diagnostic tests – molecular (RT-PCR) tests that detect the virus's genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Samples are typically collected with a nasal or throat swab, or saliva collected by spitting into a tube.
An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by the immune system in response to a threat, such as a specific virus. Antibodies can help fight infections. Antibodies typically take 10 days to several weeks to develop after you have an infection and may stay in your blood for several weeks after recovery. They can show if you have had an infection or vaccine in the past, but are not useful for diagnosing acute infections.
Q: What tests are available at YUBAdocs Urgent Care?
A: We have several options for your COVID-19 testing needs.
COVID PCR: Sample is collected by nasal swab and sent out to one of our contracted labs for results. These are the most sensitive tests and can be used for people who have no symptoms.
SARS Antigen* (commonly known as the 'rapid' test): Sample is collected by nasal swab and tested in house with results provided within 30 minutes. PLEASE NOTE: Antigen tests are not as sensitive and are approved only for people with symptoms of COVDI-19.
COVID Antibody: Sample is collected by blood draw and sent out to one of our contracted labs for results.
Q: How do I know which one I need?
A: Our clinicians will determine the best test depending upon the patient’s individual situation.
Q: What is the process to be tested?
A: Click on the link on our home page to start your online registration. Once registered, you will be contacted for a screening telemedicine visit with one of our clinicians. Our clinician will determine the best test for you. Because of the immense demand for tests and our limited capacity, we cannot guarantee that we can test you when you want or need it. We encourage you to explore other testing options.
Q: What does YUBAdocs charge for the tests?
COVID PCR: $120.00 SARS Antigen: $98.00 COVID Antibody: $60.00
Q: How much will I need to pay?
A: We will bill your insurance for COVID screening and testing. If you are uninsured, we will bill HHS.
A: If you have insurance, including Medicare, we strongly encourage you to check with your plan first for any out of pocket expenses that may apply. Out of pocket expenses can vary depending upon several factors. As with any diagnostic test or medical procedure, we encourage our patients to contact their insurance directly for details regarding their specific plan’s coverage and benefits. Our goal is to provide the best care with the least out of pocket expense to our patients.
Q: What if I have Medi-Cal?
A: Currently YUBAdocs Urgent Care is not able to test Medi-Cal patients for COVID.
Q: What if I am an employer and need several of my staff tested?
A: Call 530-274-5020 or send an email request to and our Practice Administrator will work with you to visit your site or make other arrangements if possible
Q: Where else can I get tested?
A: There are many options:
OptumServe. These are state-sponsored COVID testing sites. The local OptumServe is at 231 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley. There are also sites in Marysville and Truckee. Call 888-634-1123 or https://www.lhi.care/covidtesting.
Call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211
Some pharmacies, including CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens, offer testing at locations in Yuba, Placer and Sacramento Counties. Check their websites for details.
There are many different home test kits available. Here are highlights of a couple:
LabCorp’s Pixel PCR test: This is the only one with no upfront cost to the patient. LabCorp will bill insurance or HSS if uninsured. Order it online and it will be sent to your home. You will get results 1-2 days after the test is sent back to LabCorp. https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/covid-19
Quest’s Lucira: This home PCR test is currently available to patients of Sutter Health in northern California and Cleveland Clinic in Miami. It will be available to rest of the country in the spring. This requires a prescription. https://www.lucirahealth.com/