COVID-19 Viral Testing

Slow The Spread With Viral Testing


If you think you’ve been infected with COVID-19 or have recently come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then viral testing can help you make an informed decision about returning to work or school, traveling, or self-isolating to help slow the spread.


The Rapid (Antigen) and Standard (PCR) viral tests are a nasal/throat swab that are designed to identify current infections of the COVID-19 virus.

(Coming Soon) Rapid (Antigen) Viral Testing


The Rapid (Antigen) viral test uses a nasal/throat swab to detect a current infection of COVID-19 in your body. Best used at least 48 hours after exposure, this test can help you determine if you need any further testing before returning to work, or if you should self-isolate.


  • Checkmark Yes Detects current infection
  • Checkmark Yes Results in less than 24 hours
  • Checkmark No Does not fit the requirements for most travel testing and select pre-surgical testing

Standard (PCR) Viral Testing


The Standard (PCR) viral test uses a nasal/throat swab to detect a current infection of COVID-19 in your body. This test may be required before certain surgeries, returning to work, discontinuing self-isolation, and even traveling to certain countries.


  • Checkmark Yes Detects current infection
  • Checkmark Yes Results in 2-5 Business Days
  • Checkmark Yes Fits the requirements for travel and pre-surgical testing

Comparing the Viral COVID-19 Testing Options

While both tests use a swab to detect a current infection of COVID-19, only the Standard (PCR) test should be used to discontinue self-isolation. Additionally, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 previously, you must have two negative PCR test results less than 24 hours apart in order to safely return to work.


The Rapid (Antigen) test is best used for potential exposure due to its lower cost and faster results. If you test negative for the Rapid test but are still displaying symptoms, you may be required to also have a negative PCR test before resuming school or work.


Comparig the Viral Testing Options Chart

Testing is Simple And Quick

Step 1

Schedule your appointment

Step 2

Go to your local ARCpoint Labs and get your sample collected

Step 3

Get results via a secure email in a timely manner

Want to know more about COVID-19 Test Options?

Get the answers to some of the most asked questions in our COVID-19 FAQs.

View Our FAQs
warning image

* Important Information

Please note that our tests have not been FDA cleared or approved, but they have been authorized by FDA under Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA’s) for use by authorized laboratories. Depending on the specific test type, these tests are authorized for the detection of SARS CoV-2, its proteins and/or its antibodies. These tests are only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.


Please click below to see the specific FDA disclaimers and additional manufacturer information for each test and device used by ARCpoint or our laboratory partners.


COVID Testing Disclaimers
COVID-19 Testing Available