Turnaround Time Matters
When time is of the essence,
We work very hard for every patient to receive fast and accurate PT-PCR results within 48 hours.
Rapid results are ran on-site, and left for at least 10 minutes for precise results.
Results are then released within 30 minutes upon testing.
It all boils down to technology.
Empire City Laboratories, with over 15 years
in the medical laboratory field offers
testing with state of the art machines
from PerkinElmer, and Roche that are rated
by the FDA as the most sensitive COVID-19
The after matters too
Test results should be easy to access and easier to decipher.
You will receive fast and easy access to your test results.
How easy? Just a matter of logging in to our portal
and seeing results you can read and understand.
Frequently Ask Questions
A sample is taken by a qualified technician or other healthcare provider from the nose using a swab.
Patients must be 3 years of age or older for COVID-19 testing. A parent or legal guardian must complete registration for all minor patients. Patients 3-15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Proof of identity, and insurance card if you have one. Mobile phone will be used for registration, unless you already pre-registered.
No, individuals simply arrive to testing location and are tested on a first come basis. Typical wait times are no longer than 5 minutes.
Patients with insurance should not have any out-of-pocket costs for a covered COVID-19 test. If you have health insurance, you must bring your card with you to the test site. If active coverage cannot be located, your test will be submitted to the federal program for the uninsured for payment.
If you do not have insurance, all you will need is a valid driver's license or state ID to submit the cost of your test to the federal program for the uninsured. If you do not have insurance, testing will be covered at NO additional cost to you.
Empire city laboratories uses multiple types of COVID-19 testing to check for active infection. Rapid-result testing locations perform antigen testing. PCR testing is performed using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (PT-PCR) to detect genetic material from the virus. If you are getting your testing for a specific purpose such as travel, please ensure you are selecting the proper test required by your airline, destination or other requiring organization. Certain travel destinations and airlines require PT-PCR testing and do not accept rapid antigen testing.
Rapid results will be sent via text & email within 30 minutes of testing. PCR testing will also be texted and emailed when ready. Also, you can register on patient portal to view status of your results. If you have any issues in the process, you can call our patient center 718-788-3840.
To help us help you keep you and everyone around you as safe as possible this winter