Connecticut recently launched its test to treat program, offering individuals a new way to rapidly access testing and free treatment for COVID-19. The good news is COVID-19 treatments are now available for outpatient use and are safe and effective in battling COVID-19. With different treatment options and testing locations available across the state, it can be hard to determine which option is best for you but don’t worry, we’ve got you.
How does the test to treat program work?
While the test to treat initiative is nationwide, Connecticut patients can visit a pharmacy or urgent care center such as PhysicianOne to get tested for COVID-19. If the test comes back positive, patients who have at least one risk factor for worsening disease will have their prescription filled on-site and go home to isolate with the proper medication in hand.
Why should I choose PhysicianOne Urgent Care over a pharmacy for COVID-19 testing?
While Connecticut residents have a variety of options for COVID-19 testing, PhysicianOne Urgent Care providers can help beyond COVID-19 concerns, unlike some other testing sites. If your COVID-19 test comes back negative, we offer patients a full medical exam, allowing us to determine what is causing your symptoms and provide the appropriate treatment and follow-up care.
Who qualifies for the program?
Anyone can get tested for COVID-19 at our centers, as well as for other common respiratory illnesses that share similar symptoms to COVID-19. Our experienced medical providers can advise patients on the most appropriate treatment option for their condition.
To qualify for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19, a patient must test positive for COVID, have at least one risk factor for worsening disease, and have had symptoms (for less than 10 days for monoclonal antibodies and no more than 5 days for the antiviral pills). The monoclonal antibodies and one of the oral pills are available for patients 12 years of age and older, while the other oral pill is for patients 18 years of age and older.
How can I get COVID-19 treatment?
PhysicianOne Urgent Care centers in Connecticut carry COVID-19 medication. If you think you might qualify, visit one of our Connecticut centers to speak with our knowledgeable providers who will help to determine if you should receive one of these therapies.
If you are a patient outside of Connecticut who thinks you may have COVID-19, our providers in all of our centers are knowledgeable about the different options and can help determine the appropriate level of care you need based on your concerns and conditions. Your provider will discuss your specific case during your visit and review all risk factors before determining which treatment is right for you. If you or a loved one recently tested positive for COVID-19 and you think you might qualify for treatment, please contact us. Time is of the essence for all of the available therapies, so don’t wait.
What if my test comes back negative?
If your COVID-19 test comes back negative, there could be another explanation for symptoms such as cough, fever, fatigue or congestion. Our providers can complete a full examination and offer other differential diagnosis or testing. We have the breadth of resources and experience to help with a variety of different conditions including:
- Common cold/flu
- Strep & sore throat
- Minor stomach pain
- Vomiting and dehydration
- And more!
Our team is made up of expert medical professionals who are here to thoroughly help you understand your treatment options in order to help you feel better, faster and get you back to whatever is most important to you. If you are feeling ill and are worried you might have COVID-19, when in doubt, get checked out at a PhysicianOne Urgent Care center.
Because your health concerns are not constrained by business hours, you can talk with a provider any time and anywhere with a telehealth virtual visit. Our telemedicine services are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Regardless of your diagnosis, our team is here for you. Contact our friendly professionals at 1-860-650-3848 or through the chat button on the right side of your screen to find answers to any questions you may have.