COVID-19, also referred to as the novel coronavirus, is an upper respiratory infection originally detected in China in December 2019 before quickly spreading across the world. Since the start of 2020, there have been nearly 24,000 cases detected in the state of Colorado. With wildly varying symptoms, the only way to know for sure that you have been infected with the virus is by getting tested. AFC Urgent Care Lakewood is offering COVID-19 diagnostic testing seven days a week for patients on a walk-in basis or by appointment.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms of the COVID-19 virus may vary from case to case, ranging from asymptomatic to mild to severe. Symptoms typically develop between two and fourteen days after exposure to the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is highly contagious regardless of the degree of symptoms a patient may have. In order to reduce chances of infection, it is important to continue following state health and safety guidelines, including continuing to practice social distancing and wearing a mask or protective face covering in public areas. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Dry, persistent cough
- High fever (over 102 F)
- Chest congestion
- Shortness of breath
- Recent loss of smell and/or taste
- Body and muscle aches
Testing for COVID-19
AFC Urgent Care Lakewood is able to perform diagnostic testing using a swab of the lower nasal cavity. The swab is inserted for a few moments to get the necessary sample, removed, and brought to our on-site laboratory for processing and analyzing. Results are available within 1-3 days depending on lab capacity. When you visit the center for testing, please wear a mask, especially in our waiting area.
COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing in Lakewood, Littleton & Golden, CO
If you are beginning to experience symptoms of COVID-19 or are preparing to return to your workplace, schedule a telemedicine visit with AFC Urgent Care Lakewood to set up a time for diagnostic testing. Our center is open seven days a week for walk-in visits. For questions about testing, please call (303) 988-3600.