COVID Testing Mechanicsburg

Mechanicsburg COVID-19 Test Scheduler and FAQs

ATTENTION: YOU WILL BE CHARGED A $99 OUT-OF-POCKET CHARGE PER TEST.

UNFORTUNATELY AT THIS TIME WE CANNOT BILL MEDICAL INSURANCES. However, upon request we can provide the necessary paperwork for you to submit to your insurance manually. Providing this paperwork will allow your insurance to reimburse the allowable covered testing services. Please schedule each patient separately. Per testing guidelines, patients should be 12 years old. If there are multiple patients from one household, schedule in consecutive timeslots and we will accommodate testing simultaneously as possible. As our schedule fills up we will open as many timeslots as possible, check back for availability to open up. Choose ANY AVAILABLE if it is listed.

We will try to accommodate rescheduled or canceled appointments but may need to charge a rescheduling fee. Only reserve a timeslot if you or a family member needs a test.

DO NOT EXIT YOUR CAR UPON ARRIVAL. PARK IN A DESIGNATED COVID-19 TESTING SPOT AND STAY IN YOUR CAR. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS POSTED OR WAIT FOR ASSISTANCE.

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving situation and we are here to help our community connect to important resources to stay informed and to support our patients as they manage their healthcare during this difficult time. While we await a readily available vaccine for COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. It is critical that the people in our communities follow all local self-quarantine and social distancing policies to reduce the impact of this pandemic. To learn more about what to do if you fall ill – visit ​the CDC.

To help our community, we are expanding to offer rapid point of care COVID-19 testing in Mechanicsburg. Below is additional information regarding our offered COVID-19 testing:

Q: What kind of COVID-19 tests are you offering?

A: This is an antigen test for an active COVID-19 infection that detects specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Both the collection (via nasopharyngeal swab) and the test are performed by Chambers’ Apothecary staff and the patient will have the results that same day. The target population is patients with COVID-19 symptoms and within the first 5 days of symptom onset. If you are testing due to exposure to a confirmed COVID positive person, you should wait 5 days from the exposure to test. Positive results are very accurate (100%), and negative results are accurate as well (88%). A confirmatory PCR (molecular test) may be pursued at your discretion to confirm a negative result. The link below is the patient fact sheet for the test:

CareStart EUA Patient Fact Sheet

Q: What if I need a negative test to return to work or enter the state after travel?

A: In accordance with the following state order, we can provide documentation of a negative rapid antigen test result or can work with your employer to provide testing status as required to return to work. PLEASE CONFIRM THE TYPE OF TEST REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL WITH YOUR AIRLINE AND/OR DESTINATION. THIS IS NOT A PCR TEST.

Q: How do I schedule a COVID-19 test?

A: Use the scheduler located above to check testing availability and schedule an appointment. Follow the directions as provided to ensure that we can offer testing at a time that is convenient to you.

Q: What do I need to schedule a COVID-19 test online?

A: Our scheduling platform requires a name, phone number, and email address to schedule an appointment online. Our scheduling software is HIPAA compliant and we will not release any of your personal health information. Along with this information, payment is required before finalizing your appointment. In order to provide contactless testing, a basic intake form needs to be completed as well.

Q: How much do COVID-19 tests cost? Can I bill my insurance?

A: Each test costs $99 and payment is required before finalizing your appointment. Our scheduling software accepts credit cards, Paypal, and most HSA cards. At this time we are unable to bill medical insurances, as many insurances don’t contract with pharmacies for providing medical services. However, we can provide all of the billing codes that your insurance will need to bill it manually. Submitting the provided form with a receipt (proof of payment from booking the appointment) is sufficient for most insurances to provide reimbursement up to the allowable covered testing services.

Q: What if I need help filling out the required information online?

A: Call our store at 717-263-0747 to discuss alternate ways to schedule appointments and complete necessary paperwork. We will make every effort to accommodate to your specific needs and help schedule an appointment that is convenient for you.

Q: What should I expect when I arrive for my test?

A: Follow the directions provided in the confirmation email. DO NOT EXIT YOUR CAR UPON ARRIVAL. PARK IN A DESIGNATED COVID-19 TESTING SPOT AND STAY IN YOUR CAR. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS POSTED OR WAIT FOR ASSISTANCE. We will confirm your name and date of birth and complete the nasopharyngeal swab. The test takes about ten minutes to complete and we will notify you of the results. We will make every attempt to notify you of results as you wait but depending on testing volume, you might receive a call from a staff member later in the day.

Q: Will you report my results to the department of health?

A: In accordance with Pennsylvania law, all positive, negative and inconclusive/indeterminate results must be reported within 24 hours to Pennsylvania’s electronic surveillance system, PA-NEDSS. As with all of our scheduling and in-store services, this information is relayed while maintaining HIPAA-compliant standards. You may receive a call from the PA department of health to assist in contact tracing and prevent further community spread of the virus.

Q: What should I do if I test positive?

A: This test is very accurate in confirming active infections (100%). Follow these guidelines from the CDC. Even if you have no symptoms, following distancing and quarantining recommendations will help prevent further spread.

Here’s the most important parts:

When to seek emergency medical attention–Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

When you can be around others after a positive test is found here. For the most part, it is 10 days after symptoms first appeared or 10 days after a positive test.

The pharmacist can discuss self care options to help manage your symptoms and can also recommend a digital thermometer or pulse oximeter if you’d like to monitor your vitals at home.

Q: What should I do if I test negative?

A: If you don’t have symptoms, the rapid antigen test is fairly accurate in confirming the absence of an active infection (88% accurate). If you do have symptoms, you can either pursue a molecular (PCR) test through a local laboratory to confirm the result or follow up with your primary care provider to rule out other infections. The pharmacist can discuss self care options to help manage your symptoms.

The following handouts provide information on what your test results mean and what steps to take next.


What Your Test Results Mean
What Your Test Results Mean

Quarantine Vs. Isolation
Quarantine Vs. Isolation

10 Things You Can Do to Manage Your COVID-19 Symptoms at Home
10 Things You Can Do to Manage Your COVID-19 Symptoms at Home

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