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COVID-19 PCR Test - Overview

The COVID-19 PCR test, also known as the SARS-CoV-2 RNA Nucleic-Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), is used to help detect COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. People who might need a COVID-19 PCR test can request COVID-19 PCR testing through the Push Health medical provider network, get tested at a lab location near them, and get results securely in their Push Health accounts.


The COVID-19 PCR test utilized through the Push Health network has been developed by Quest Diagnostics. In contrast to the COVID-19 antibody test which involves blood samples and checks for an immune response to COVID-19, the COVID-19 PCR test checks for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA which suggests an infection.

How Is COVID-19 PCR Testing Performed?

This COVID-19 PCR test utilizes a small swab that is inserted into the nasopharynx or oropharynx. Once the specimen is collected, it is securely packaged and sent to the lab. At the lab, the specimen is analyzed using a methodology known as Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT) which includes reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or transcription-mediated amplification (TMA).

COVID-19 PCR Test Results

Following the swab testing specimen collection, processed COVID-19 PCR test results will be reported as Detected, Not Detected, or Inconclusive. A Detected COVID-19 PCR test result is considered a positive test and that RNA from SARS-CoV-2 was detected and that the patient is considered infected with the virus and contagious. A Not Detected RNA test result means that SARS-CoV-2 RNA was not present above the limit of detection in the specimen. An Inconclusive result means that not all of the testing targets were detected and that a repeat test may be warranted.

COVID-19 PCR Testing - Online

COVID-19 PCR testing requires a lab order from a licensed medical provider before the swab test can be performed and processed. Through Push Health, people can request a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and get connected to a local medical provider who can approve COVID-19 PCR testing at a nearby testing location.

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Last updated December 7, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.