Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S.

 

 

COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing

NOW AVAILABLE

From the safety of your car, pre-scheduled, no-wait times,
get a call with the results within two business days.

Let's start

 

 

When is the earliest appointment?

Within two business days.

 

When are the results ready?

We will call you with the results within two business days.

 

How much does it cost?

Price with in-network insurance: $45 (recommended only for medically necessary tests)

Price if self-pay: $150 (recommended for both routine and medically necessary cases)

Examples of medically necessary COVID-19 tests:

  • patient with symptoms
  • patient was significantly exposed to someone with active COVID-19 infection
  • patient needs to get tested before a medically necessary surgical procedure (e.g.: colonoscopy)

Examples where insurance might not cover the cost of the test and consultation:

  • test needed to get clearance to get back to work (in these cases the employer of the patient is responsible for the cost of the test)
  • test needed before a surgery that is not medically necessary (e.g.: beauty surgeries)

Where is the location?

The drive-through testing should be approached from the corner of Olympic and Spaulding.

To protect the health of all patients and staff, many doctors’ offices have closed or have drastically reduced access to their services. Access to COVID-19 testing has also been a great frustration to all of us. Some free testing is available but it is currently only recommended for certain situations. In response to this need we have invested in re-shaping our operations and we can offer safe drive-through testing now with next-day results. It's pre-scheduled so there's no waiting in line.

 

Appointments are currently available M-F 10 AM to 3 PM (has to be pre-scheduled). Insurance covers the lab test itself and the out-of-pocket cost for the drive-through service is $45* which is payable at the time of scheduling the testing visit. If you feel that you might have symptoms, or might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you think you should be tested please click here or on the button below and fill out the short screening form:

 

FAQs What is drive-through testing?

Drive-through testing is currently the fastest and safest way to test for COVID-19, keeping potential exposure to an absolute minimum. You drive up to the tent for the test and you stay in the car for the entire visit.

 

*Why are you charging for this test?

The test performed at the lab is covered by your insurance. You will not be balance billed. The $45 administrative fee is to support the setup, maintenance, operation, reporting and staffing of the drive-through. We do not receive city or county funding. We also understand that there are patients who can't afford this and prefer to seek out free testing operations in the city. The LA County testing website can be found here.

 

What are the steps to be tested?

Fill out this short form on our website. Then you will get a call from us and we will schedule you for a quick televisit/phone call with your doctor on the same day. Your doctor will order the test for you and you will be given an appointment the same day or the next morning (or day and time that works for you).

 

Is free testing available?

For free testing please visit the LA County testing website that can be found here.

 

What type of test are you using?

We are currently conducting the nasal swab test that directly detects the presence of the virus. We are sourcing antibody tests soon that will be able to know if you had the virus already and it should be safe for you to return to work.  

 

Can you test me for previous exposure/immunity/antibody?

Part of this program is to also offer this testing in the coming weeks. We will keep you updated on this page.

 

If you have any questions please give us a call at 323 954 1079 or write to info@suite401medical.com.

 

Stay safe and know that we are here for you,

The Team at Suite401 Medical Office

Dr. Peter Ruane, Dr. Peter Wolfe, Dr. Phillip Musikanth, Dr. Koppany Visnyei PhD, Kenny Trinidad, PA-C, Jamal Bracken, PA-C, and Asia Sullivan, PA-C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advice for the public: Myth busters

COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

 

FACT: Coronavirus transmission in hot and humid climates

Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.

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Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease

Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that coud occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

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The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases.

Even though the new coronavirus can stay on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days (depending on the type of surface), it is very unlikely that the virus will persist on a surface after being moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures. If you think a surface may be contaminated, use a disinfectant to clean it. After touching it, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

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Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?

No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.

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Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?

UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.

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How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?

Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection with the new coronavirus.

However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.

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Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.

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Can pets at home spread the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.

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Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?

No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.

The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts.

Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.

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Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. 

There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.

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Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.

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Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. 

WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.

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Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.

The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.

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Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners.

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