vybe urgent care Offers Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Employers and Consumers

vybe urgent care offers rapid COVID-19 testing for employers and consumers

First rapid antigen test to receive FDA authorization: A solution for safer return to work or school

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:

  • Lab-based PCR genetic tests to detect active infection.
  • Quidel’s rapid antigen test that detects active infection through virus proteins.
  • Serological tests that detect antibodies from a prior infection.

“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:

  • Needs assessment and program development with clinician-informed protocols
  • Onsite licensed clinical team for testing and support
  • Online scheduling and sharing of results
  • All necessary releases, disclosures, and consents
  • Future solutions for vaccinations, such as seasonal flu

“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:

  • All patients must wear masks, and our team wears PPE at all times
  • Screening all patients for symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure
  • Patients are taken directly to exam rooms for registration
  • Waiting areas arranged for social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning of exam rooms and equipment after each patient
  • Frequent deep cleaning throughout the center

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.