COVID-19 Testing


If you’ve been in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, we recommend that you take a COVID-19 test to determine your status. Individuals who are showing symptoms that are consistent with the novel coronavirus should also be tested for COVID-19. A diagnosis enables you to take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and that of others. If your COVID-19 test comes back positive, then the next steps involve isolation and treatment. If you test negative, you can carry on with your life while taking care not to expose yourself to the virus.

Preferred Urgent Care offers two types of COVID-19 tests—the PCR Test and the Rapid COVID-19 Test. Reach out to our dedicated team today if you’re looking for a medical center offering COVID-19 testing in Katy, TX.

PCR Tests

A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or nucleic test checks for the virus’s genetic material during an active infection. If you’ve been exposed to coronavirus, the PCR tests can detect the virus’s presence three to seven days’ post-exposure. Patients typically receive their PCR test results after 24 hours or a couple of days, depending on various dynamic factors that influence the testing process.

Rapid Testing

If you’d like to get your results in as few as 20 minutes, we recommend the rapid COVID-19/flu test. This test combines speed and accuracy and is increasingly being considered the gold standard of coronavirus testing. One swab is all it takes to determine if you have COVID-19 or the flu. Unlike many other rapid tests that rely on antigens for results, our rapid COVID-19/flu test is PCR-based and can catch infections in their early stages.

What to Expect

Both COVID-19 tests are painless. You may experience some tolerable discomfort during the collection of the nasal or throat swab. Fortunately, the collection process lasts only a few seconds. We encourage everyone visiting our premises to cooperate with our testing team.

Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? Have you recently been part of an event or activity where you were unable to social distance? If you have been exposed to the coronavirus, get in touch with Preferred Urgent Care today to get tested for COVID-19.