CHICO, Calif. – Rapid coronavirus testing is now available in Chico.
Starting Oct. 30, people in Chico will be able to get tested for coronavirus and receive their results in just 15 minutes.
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Dr. Brad Smith from Chico Immediate Care said the rapid test is done with a nasal swab. Dr. Smith told Action News Now that the test is then read by an analyzer machine. He claims that the test is 97% accurate.
“If you come in within the first five days of symptoms, we can confidently tell you that the test we are running has about the same accuracy as a PCR,” said Smith.
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Smith said a PCR test is a standard coronavirus test. The new rapid coronavirus test costs $125 and Chico Immediate Care will have 2,000 tests available every month.
The rapid test will be available to the public starting Friday. Smith said that as flu season is approaching, they will be able to test people for coronavirus and the flu at the same time.
To get access to the rapid coronavirus test, head to Chico Immediate Care’s website to set up an appointment, once its made, a medical assistant will come out to your car in the parking lot of the Immediate care to conduct the test.