Faster turnaround time for highly accurate PCR results allows more flexibility to travel, return to in-person work and school and more.
CHICAGO, IL — WellNow Urgent Care, one of the country’s fastest-growing urgent care providers, announced that its centers in Ohio (formerly Hometown Urgent Care) will now provide patients with the results of their COVID-19 PCR tests within twenty-four hours —results that are widely accepted as travel documentation. This is a significantly faster turnaround time than the industry average, which typically requires 2-4 days for test results to be processed by an outside laboratory. No appointment is necessary, although patients can check testing times to receive their results the same day and book their test online.
“PCR testing is the gold standard of COVID-19 testing due to its sensitivity and accuracy,” said John Radford, M.D., President at WellNow Urgent Care. “As pandemic restrictions begin to ease and more people are traveling, returning to in-person work and school, and resuming events like weddings and live music, having access to PCR results within twenty-four hours is a gamechanger for patients eager to return to normal activities.”
COVID-19 PCR tests collected at all WellNow’s centers in Ohio will now be processed at WellNow’s in-house lab, reducing the timeline between when a patient is tested and when the results become available. Patients in need of COVID-19 testing can walk into their nearest center, no appointment necessary, or schedule a visit online. COVID-19 antibody testing is also available at all WellNow locations. Additional information about COVID-19, including testing cost and insurance coverage, can be found at WellNow.com/covid-19/.
Urgent care centers are an increasingly important part of the U.S. healthcare marketplace, providing patients with much-needed access to quality care with shorter wait times, walk-in and same day care options, and lower costs than the traditional emergency room. WellNow Urgent care continues to provide fast and convenient walk-in service for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses such as sprains, burns, colds and allergies while also providing on-site X-rays, lab testing and physicals. Patients can speak with a WellNow provider virtually, seven days a week, using the company’s telehealth platform. WellNow accepts most insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, Fidelis and Veterans Affairs TriWest. A full list of services and locations can be found at WellNow.com.
About WellNow Urgent Care
WellNow Urgent Care is one of the fastest-growing providers of urgent medical care, telehealth and occupational health services in the United States, with more than 90 centers across New York, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. Founded as Five Star Urgent Care in 2011 by Dr. John Radford, the company rebranded as WellNow Urgent Care in 2018 to better reflect its mission of offering quick, convenient and quality care for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. As WellNow Urgent Care has continued to open new facilities, the company has also grown through the strategic acquisitions of MASH Urgent Care in 2018 and Hometown Urgent Care & Occupational Health in 2020. More information about WellNow Urgent Care’s services, hours and locations can be found at WellNow.com.