COVID-19 Testing

As cases of the novel coronavirus continue to occur in Placer County, many residents are asking, “are there any COVID-19 testing centers near me?” Turnure Medical Group/Urgent Care began coronavirus testing in late March and has been offering a drive up coronavirus testing center in Rocklin since April 20, 2020.

Drive-up testing is offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In office testing is also available during our regular Urgent Care hours.

Who Can Get Tested For The Virus At Turnure Medical Group? 

Here are the typical questions we are getting asked about COVID testing:

Is a referral from my doctor needed? If you have an HMO Insurance then “yes” a referral is needed.  No referral is needed if you have a PPO or Medicare.

Is an appointment required?  An appointment is required for COVID-19 testing.  Turnure Medical Group’s goal is to provide a safe and convenient COVID-19 testing site where patients are tested in their cars typically inside of 15 minutes.

Current patients only? Turnure Medical Group will accept all patients even if you have never been seen at our office in Rocklin. If you wish us to bill insurance we are contracted with Medicare and most PPO Insurance.  

Is there any out of pocket costs for COVID testing? If we are contracted with your insurance, there is no out of pocket expenses for the actual COVID-19 lab test. If an office visit via telemedicine is needed please check with your insurance regarding out of pocket expenses. Most insurances like Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and United Healthcare are covering Telemedicine visits with no out of pocket costs until June 18th during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

Who should be tested for Coronavirus?  Just because you think you may have COVID-19 does not mean you should be tested.  Test materials are still very limited and most mild symptoms can be treated at home.  Testing is currently prioritized for healthcare workers, emergency medical service providers, police and other essential workers.  If you wonder if you should be tested the best thing to do is complete the CDC’s online-self checker that can help you navigate any symptoms you may be feeling.   If you or someone you know has COVID-19 symptoms and needs to be tested, call your doctor for a referral or call for a telemedicine visit with one of the providers at Turnure Medical Group (916-624-3500) and they will tell you if testing is needed.

How Does The COVID-19 Testing Work?

Pre-screening is done before coming to the office via video visit with a provider. If you have a referral from your provider or the Public Health Department, then we will schedule you only for the COVID-19 test.  

A photo identification is required for testing. If you wish us to bill your insurance please bring a copy of your insurance card.  

Patients are directed to assigned parking places where they wait in their cars for testing.  The test is administered by a healthcare worker who will gently insert what looks like a long Q-tip into the back of the person’s nose, twirl the swab to get a good sample, and then remove it and place it in a vial to be sent for lab testing. 

Patients are contacted immediately after the results become available. 

What about COVID Antibody Testing?

If you think you had symptoms of COVID-19 (ie. cough, shortness of breath, fever, etc.) or were exposed to COVID-19 back before testing was available, you may be interested in the antibody testing to see if you have antibodies for COVID-19. Please contact the office for more information on this testing.