COVID-19 Rapid Testing

We are now offering rapid COVID-19 testing with same day results! Testing is available by appointment only and is completed curbside at our pharmacy.

To book an appointment, click the button below. Don't see a time that works for you? Give us a call at 256-445-5400. We can usually work with you to accommodate your schedule.

Please arrive at your scheduled time and park in one of the designated parking spots on the side of our building. Call or text the store and our staff will come out to you to administer the test, wearing CDC's guidelines for proper PPE including gloves, face masks, face shields, and isolations gowns. Please have your face mask on and windows rolled up until we come out to meet you.

Questions? Please call us or see if you question is in our FAQs below. If you are looking for COVID-19 testing for your business, please email pharmacist@rivercitypharmacy.com.

Testing Location

2717 Spring Ave SW
Decatur, AL 35603

Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease caused by the Coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people infected by the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness without the need for special treatment. Older people and those who are immunocompromised especially those with underlying medial issues like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop a more serious illness.
What are the common symptoms of COVID-19?
Most common: fever (temperature greater than 100.4 F or 38 C), dry cough, fatigue Less common: aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, conjunctivitis, headache More serious: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility. People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home. On average it takes 5-6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
Can I use my medical insurance to pay for COVID-19 testing at River City Pharmacy?
Medical insurance does generally cover testing for COVID-19. Unfortunately, as a pharmacy, we are not capable of billing your medical insurance for COVID-19. We can, however, take HSA or FSA cards, which pay 100% of the cost of testing. Alternatively, you may also file a “paper claim” with your insurance and allow them to reimburse you for your out-of-pocket costs for testing. You would need to contact your insurance to see what information they need from you. See Questions 12 and 13 for more information needed to submit your paper claim. If you would prefer to use your medical insurance to pay for testing at the time of testing, there are many urgent cares or medical practices, and even free clinics set up around town to help you. We cannot speak on what kind of tests they perform, when results will be available, or other questions you may have. You would need to reach out to them to do that.
Our advantage over other practices for COVID testing are as follows:
• We offer same day appointments, testing, and results for the Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test • We do not run out of testing supply so you will be able to test with us and not wait • We conduct testing curbside, so you are safe within the confines of your vehicle. You are not exposed to a waiting room environment where you may get COVID-19 or may spread it to someone else
Can I reschedule my appointment?
To change the date and/or time of your test, simply click the “Reschedule Appointment” tab within your email confirmation and you can choose a new date and time. You will be sent an updated date/time and so will our testing site.
If I was exposed to someone with symptoms of COVID-19 or had a confirmed positive for COVID-19, how long should I wait before being tested?
It is recommended to wait at least 5 days after a known exposure to someone believed to be or known to be positive for COVID-19. The reason you wait 5 days is for the virus to build up enough of a detectable load for testing. If you test before this time, it is likely for you to react with a negative test, when you are actually positive (false negative.)
What is the difference between a Rapid COVID test and a RT-PCR test?
A rapid antigen diagnostic test detects specific proteins on the surface of the Coronavirus. These tests generally provide a result within an hour, and are highly specific, meaning if you test positive you are very likely to be infected (100%). However, there is a higher change of false negatives with antigen tests due to testing being done before the virus can build up detectable levels, therefore there is a chance of false negatives if tested too early (generally considered less than 5 days post-exposure). A RT-PCR or PCT test detects the presence of the virus’ genetic material using the process of reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction or PCR. This test is typically collected with a nasal swab or saliva, sent to a lab, where the Coronavirus RNA (if present) is converted to DNA and then amplified to produce enough viral DNA to be detected. This test is highly accurate, so a positive or a negative result is generally 100% accurate, however it can take days to a week to get the results. Please note, we do not offer this kind of testing at this time.
If I get COVID-19, can I get it again?
The hope is that if you get infected with COVID-19 once, you build up immunity to it. However, we do not know enough about COVID-19 yet to say for sure. Viruses often mutate and change, then reinfect, so it is more probably that you could get COVID-19 again, but less likely than someone who has never had it and therefore, has no built-up immunity to it.
How long does it take to get over COVID-19?
Most individuals with mild symptoms get over COVID within a few weeks. Others can be affected for quite longer. The severity of the symptoms and pre-existing conditions can dictate recovery time.
Who is most at risk of experiencing serious complications of COVID-19?
Anybody with underlying medical diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory illnesses, cancers, and other immunocompromised patients. The elderly are thought to be more likely to have serious medical complications due to COVID-19.
What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet from others in public spaces), wash your hands often and use sanitizer, wear a mask when in public or around other individuals, and stay home as much as possible until the spread of COVID-19 is better controlled. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you should be tested and avoid other people as much as possible.
Do you take HSA/FSA for COVID-19 testing?
Yes! We take all valid Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards. If payment does not go through when trying to use your HSA or FSA card, call your card processor to troubleshoot the issue.
What information do I need to submit a paper claim to my insurance for a COVID-19 test?
This generally depends on your insurance provider and it is your sole responsibility to contact your insurance provider and ensure they will reimburse you for a COVID test before you get one with River City Pharmacy. All of the information you need to submit to insurance for reimbursement is given to you at the time of testing. If you misplace the information, please email pharmacist@rivercitypharmacy.com to get another copy.
May I book a COVID-19 test and request a refund later? What is your refund policy?
Unfortunately, once you pay for a test, it is non-refundable. We make that very clear before you submit payment. We have many steps that involve multiple people behind the scenes to get ready for testing including paper transcription of forms, preparing tests, reviewing the information on the forms for completion, and reserving the test time specifically for you. Please only book a test if you are sure you need to get tested. Our refund policy is also explained to you and requires you to check a box BEFORE you make payment. We appreciate your understanding.
How long does it take to get the results back from your rapid test?
10 minutes. Sometimes, we are slightly backed up due to the high demand on COVID-19 testing but we will make every effort to get to you on time and tested as soon as possible.
Is your rapid test FDA-approved?
Yes, our CareSmart Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Test is approved by the FDA Emergency Use Authorization. The CareSmart COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic Test for Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Antigen is a Point of Care Test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleocapsid protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal swab specimens. This test can only be administered by a licensed healthcare professional that has a CLIA certificate. FDA Letter of Authorization: (for the parent company, Access Bio) https://www.fda.gov/media/142916/download Fact Sheet for Patients: https://www.fda.gov/media/142918/download Package Insert (Instructions for Use or IFU): https://www.fda.gov/media/142919/download
Do you offer corporate or group rates for testing?
Absolutely. Email pharmacist@rivercitypharmacy.com and we will be happy to provide your company, group, or personal network with a customized digital flyer to pass around as well as a group discount on tests.
Who do I contact if I have any other questions about COVID-19 and testing?
You may ask your tester at the testing site or you may email us at pharmacist@rivercitypharmacy.com and we will respond within 24 hours.
What kind of test do you use for the rapid antigen test?
Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Test – CareSmart COVID-19 Antigen Test
I am travelling to another state, territory, or country that has specific guidelines on type of COVID-19 test used for either rapid or PCR, and how many hours before the flight the test is conducted. What do I do?
Please refer to question 16 above for the type of tests we utilize. If the place you are travelling requires a certain type of test not on our list above then we may not be able to help you (please visit the CDC website to see travel and COVID testing rules for different destinations). Many places simply require you to have a rapid or PCR test within 72 hours. If that is the case, we more than likely can accommodate you on any given day. Please email pharmacist@rivercitypharmacy.com if you require any assistance at all.
My travel destination requires I receive a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS. Do you offer this test?
This refers to PCR testing. At this time, we do not offer any PCR tests.