Bridge Diagnostics is a laboratory specializing in molecular testing. To serve Patients, Bridge utilizes PWNHealth services.
The price of your test includes the administrative costs collected for an independent physician to review your information and determine whether testing is appropriate, and fees for other administrative and operational support.
The PWN Services are provided at no cost to you. Additional information is provided on the Test Provider's website.
PWNHealth is an independent healthcare provider network that provides oversight services to you in connection with the laboratory testing that you have requested. PWNHealth and its services are independent from the laboratory and company from whom you requested and registered for the test and their services. Each request is evaluated by PWNHealth before being authorized.
The test you're ordering is collected by nasal anterior nares or saliva, and performed using PCR testing. With PCR testing there is a possibility for the result to be false positive or false negative. For more information please visit FAQs.
After you receive your results, you will have an opportunity to have a telehealth consult with an independent licensed physician or other healthcare provider from PWNHealth, who can answer any questions you may have about your test results and help determine next steps.
If you have been exposed, have tested positive, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 - please follow current isolation guidelines.
Upon choosing the COVID-19 test option that most suits your reason for testing, you will be required to provide demographic information, including insurance information in some cases.
Once you have completed the information needed to process your test, the test request will be reviewed by a licensed physician affiliated with PWNHealth. The physician will provide clinical oversight and care coordination (including review of test requests, review of lab results and counseling when applicable). Bridge Diagnostics is not responsible for clinical oversight services or the services of the physician.
Once your sample has been tested, you will receive a result, either through email or text (determined by your choice at time of collection). Based on your result, you may be contacted by PWNHealth Care Coordination Team.
A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test checks for genetic material (viral RNA) produced by the virus. This determines if an individual is actively infected with COVID-19 and can spread it to others.
A PCR test will confirm whether or not you are currently infected with COVID-19. If your results are positive, it is important to isolate immediately and continue to monitor your symptoms. If your results are negative, it means the virus was not present in the sample you provided.
After receiving your results, you will have an opportunity to speak with a licensed healthcare provider who can answer any questions you may have about your test results and help determine next steps in care.
A PCR test may not detect the virus in early stages of infection. In addition, a PCR test may not detect the virus if there was a problem with your sample, such as when the sample is not collected as directed. There is also the possibility of a false negative (a negative result that is incorrect) if youâ€™ve had recent exposure to the virus along with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
A PCR test is conducted either by nasal swab or saliva collection. The nasal swab test requires insertion of a swab into your nose and the back of your throat. The saliva test requires providing a sample of your spit into a collection tube.
You do not need to do anything to prepare for the test. You do not need to fast or stop taking any medications before testing. Further instructions will be provided to you at the lab or in your test kit.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
PWNHealth: COVID - 19 FAQ
The antibody tests and the molecular tests (together referred to as â€œtestsâ€) have not been cleared or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you
have COVID-19. Therefore, it is also likely that you may
be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to
others. You should follow CDC guidance to reduce the
potential transmission of disease.
There is a smaller possibility that this test can give a
positive result that is wrong (a false positive result)
particularly when used in a population without many
cases of COVID-19 infection. Your healthcare provider
will work with you to determine how best to care for you
based on the test results along with medical history, and
your symptoms" (CDC Factsheet for COVID-19)
"A negative test result means that the virus that causes
COVID-19 was not found in your sample.
However, it is possible for this test to give a negative
result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people
with COVID-19. You might test negative if the sample
was collected early during your infection. You could also
be exposed to COVID-19 after your sample was
collected and then have become infected. This means
that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though
the test result is negative. If your test is negative, your
healthcare provider will consider the test result together
with all other aspects of your medical history (such as
symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical
location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding
how to care for you.
Laboratories may use pooling when testing your
specimen, which means they combine your sample with
other individuals samples prior to testing. If your test
result indicates your specimen was pooled and you have
a negative test result there a small chance that your
result is incorrect. You should talk with your healthcare
provider if you are concerned. It is important that you work with your healthcare
provider to help you understand the next steps you
should take." (CDC Factsheet for COVID-19)
You should get tested if:
If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19 or that you have been exposed to the virus, you should consult your place of work for specific guidance about whether to stay home or continue working.
Visit the CDC website for more information about testing.
You should not get tested if you:
Testing is available for children 4 years of age and older.
If your child has new or worsening emergency warning signs, such as severe trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, feeling confused or having difficulty waking up, or blue-colored lips or face, call 911 or seek emergency medical attention instead of ordering this test.
Your child should get tested if:
This test may also be helpful if:
If you have any other questions, we recommend that you speak with your childâ€™s primary healthcare provider about testing recommendations to see if testing is right for your child at this time.
It is important to set realistic expectations. Do not pretend the testing experience will be painless. Reassure your child that the testing process will be quick, the pain wonâ€™t last, and that youâ€™ll be with them the entire time. After the test, praise and comfort your child as needed.
Make sure your child is tested when they are less likely to be tired or hungry. Your child does not need to fast or stop taking any medications before testing. Eating and drinking plenty of water before the test will help lower the risk of lightheadedness and can help make the process smoother.
Talk about feelings or practice calming techniques before the test. You can do this by making a game of staying still or practicing breathing exercises with your child. It may also be helpful to distract your child during the procedure.
Before testing, discuss any concerns and questions with your childâ€™s primary healthcare provider. Further instructions will be provided to you at the lab or in your test kit.
There are many causes of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. COVID-19 is just one condition that may cause these symptoms. This test does not rule out the possibility of other illnesses and infections that may be present instead of or in addition to COVID-19.
If your childâ€™s condition changes before you are able to obtain the test or the test result, please contact your pediatrician or visit your local emergency room as soon as possible.
If your child is experiencing any severe or concerning symptoms, seek medical attention right away instead of ordering this test, especially if your child:
This test is not intended for children with chronic illnesses(such as asthma, kidney disease, heart conditions, sickle cell disease, etc.).Please follow - up with your childâ€™s healthcare provider for additional information about testing.