Patient First in Carytown now testing for COVID-19

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Starting today the Patient First in Carytown will start testing patients for COVID-19.

“The test that is offered is the RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase – Polymerase Chain Reaction) molecular diagnostic test, Patient First said in a release. “The test sample is collected at Patient First and is sent to a reference lab for testing.”

Patients who are at least five years old and meet the following criteria can be tested for the virus:


  • You have at least one of the following:
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing

OR you have at least two of the following:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Body Aches or Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Loss of Smell and/or Taste
  • You are a healthcare worker or first responder.
  • You have had prolonged contact with (e.g. live with or work closely with) a COVID-19 positive person or a person waiting for COVID-19 test results.
  • You reside in a nursing home or other congregate living facility.
  • You are a cancer patient who requires COVID-19 testing before beginning or resuming treatment.
  • You are required by your doctor, hospital, or outpatient surgical center to have COVID-19 testing prior to a planned surgery.
  • You are required by your employer to have COVID-19 testing prior to beginning or returning to work.
  • You are required by another entity to have COVID-19 testing, such as to attend school or camp, or due to travel/transportation requirements.

Testing appointments can be made online. The center said the turnaround time for test results in Virginia is less than 3 days.

COVID-19 Virus Testing is also available at the Patient First centers in Genito, Parham, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Colonial Heights, and Carytown.

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