COVID Testing Chambersburg

Welcome to Chambers’ COVID-19 Testing Homepage

If you’re looking for testing at our Appleby’s Mount Union location, go to their website directly to schedule:

Appleby’s Drug Store

We’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired an additional testing analyzer to provide you with more testing options at Chambers’. We are now offering Abbott ID NOW rapid COVID-19 tests! This molecular point of care test provides some different benefits compared to the CareStart antigen test. See the chart below to compare these tests and choose which one best suits your needs! Both tests can now be completed using an Anterior Nasal Swab—please indicate on the questionnaire if you need a nasopharyngeal swab to comply with travel or to increase accuracy of the CareStart test.

ATTENTION: YOU WILL BE CHARGED AN OUT-OF-POCKET FEE FOR YOUR TEST. Due to current medical policy updates, we are unable to provide the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance. Schedule each patient separately. If there are multiple patients from one household, schedule in consecutive timeslots and we will accommodate testing simultaneously as possible. Check the chart below to compare the recommended testing age.

It is recommended to complete an antigen test 3-5 days after a known exposure to COVID-19, REGARDLESS OF VACCINE STATUS. This test confirms presence/absence of genetic material or viral proteins at the time the test is performed. Continue to monitor for changes in symptoms even if you receive a negative test.

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.

ID NOW CareStart
Type of Test Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT)* Antigen
Specimen Collection Nasal Nasal or Nasopharyngeal (NP)
Time to Receive Results 25-30 Minutes 15 Minutes
Positive Test Accuracy 95% 100% NP, 99% Nasal
Negative Test Accuracy 93% 93% NP, 87% Nasal
Recommended Age 3 and Up 3 and Up
Cost $119 $99

*While not a PCR test, many organizations including travel agencies accept it as functionally equivalent.

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. As we are working through an increased demand for testing at the moment, you might experience a brief delay in receiving your test depending on prior scheduling commitments. We will be with you as soon as possible.

Below is additional information regarding our offered COVID-19 testing:

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

A: We are now offering both the Abbott ID NOW rapid molecular test and the CareStart rapid antigen test. See the chart above to compare the benefits of each type of test. Both the collection (via nasal or nasopharyngeal swab) and tests are performed by Chambers’ Apothecary staff. The patient will have the results the 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 3-5 days from the exposure to test, REGARDLESS OF VACCINE STATUS. Check the chart above to compare positive and negative result accuracy. The links below are the patient fact sheets for each test:

CareStart EUA Patient Fact Sheet

Abbott ID NOW EUA Patient Fact Sheet

Q: Does this test work for the current COVID-19 variants?

A: Yes, both test manufacturers have completed studies to confirm that the tests perform well with the current COVID-19 variants. However, there are no rapid tests available that can determine which variant is present. The technology does not provide the ability to detect specific mutations or strains of the virus, but instead tests for viral proteins or genetic material.

Q: What if I need a negative test to return to work or for travel?

A: We can provide documentation of a negative rapid antigen or molecular test 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. TECHNICALLY NEITHER OF OUR TESTS ARE “PCR”. See the chart above comparing each test and see if your destination accepts a molecular ID NOW 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: Compare the cost of each test in the chart above: payment is required before finalizing your appointment. Our scheduling software accepts credit cards, Paypal, and most HSA cards. Due to current medical policy updates, we are unable to provide the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance. If you choose to bill your insurance manually we can no longer assist with any incorrectly billed claims.

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 ENTER THE PHARMACY 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 appropriate swab. The antigen test takes about 10 minutes to complete and we will notify you of the results immediately. The molecular test takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and we will coordinate either delivering your results over the phone or at a time that is convenient for you. 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: Both tests are very accurate in confirming active infections (ID NOW-95%, CareStart-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, both tests are fairly accurate in confirming the absence of an active infection (ID NOW-93%, CareStart-88%). If you do have symptoms, you can either pursue a PCR test through a local laboratory to confirm the result or follow up with your primary care provider to rule out other infections. As you can see above, ID NOW is a more accurate test to confirm a negative result. The pharmacist can also 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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