Philadelphia, PA – August 19, 2020 – vybe urgent care, the leading independent operator of urgent care centers in the Philadelphia area, announces a rapid test for COVID-19 from Quidel that provides a result in 15 minutes. This antigen test is available by appointment at all vybe locations and is a perfect solution for asymptomatic patients who need clearance for work, school, or a medical procedure. At this time, the test is not covered by insurance and is available in limited quantities on a self-pay basis.
With the addition of the rapid antigen test, vybe now offers three COVID testing options to patients:
“In the fight against COVID-19, we’re hoping a rapid test enables more people to get tested more frequently and to make decisions that help limit the spread of the virus”, said Peter Hotz, vybe urgent care’s President & CEO. “The potential use for this in the employer and academic settings represents an important step in more safely returning to work and restoring our society as we await a vaccine.”
vybe is offering the COVID-19 rapid test for employers and academic institutions as a solution for return to work programs or for ongoing business continuity. The vybe program offers the choice of testing at any vybe urgent care centers or customized on-site COVID testing events in a safe environment and includes:
“This test is designed to detect proteins from the virus, and delivers a highly accurate positive result,” said Geoff Winkley, vybe’s Medical Director.” A public health crisis demands a vigorous response from the healthcare community, including multiple options for testing. I’m pleased that recent studies are showing a high sensitivity rate for the Quidel rapid test, approaching that of lab-based PCR tests.”
In addition to a wide range of urgent care services, including COVID-19 testing, vybe has carefully designed safety precautions to meet or exceed CDC and state guidelines:
vybe is fully accredited by the Urgent Care Association (UCA), which is the highest level of distinction for urgent care centers and ensures high levels of patient safety and quality.