Thrive Alabama has no COVID-19 community testing events planned at this time. Please check back as we will update our website with any event information.
Current Thrive Alabama patients may be tested at Thrive Alabama at the discretion of, and with an order by, their primary care provider. Please send your provider a message via the Healow app, or call the clinic at (256) 536-4700 to send them a message for review*.
If you’re not a Thrive Alabama patient, you can become one by calling (256) 536-4700 or by completing new patient forms.
*Please note providers have 72 hours to respond.
The coronavirus is a virus that can cause health issues ranging from the common cold to severe pneumonia. COVID-19, short for coronavirus disease 2019, is the name of the disease caused by the virus.
Stay home when you are sick. Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it away, followed by thorough hand washing.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
We understand many people have concerns. The websites below can provide you with more information about COVID-19 and precautions you can take. We encourage you to visits these sites to learn more:
From the CDC: “There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans… The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).”
In short, Thrive Alabama offers a PCR Nasopharyngeal test, which means it looks for the presence of the so-called “DNA” of the virus itself.
We are not currently offering antibody testing, which would test for an individual’s response to the virus, as data is not clear on how long one keeps antibodies and/or how often one’s body creates antibodies even when having been infected, particularly if they were not symptomatic or only had mild symptoms, and it does not evaluate for active disease if infected more than once.
We are specifically using the COVID-19 test by Assurance Scientific Laboratories out of Birmingham, AL.
We will continue to research the best options for testing and update here as needed. Though, please make an appointment to review with a doctor or nurse practitioner at Thrive Alabama, 256-536-4700, to review if you have further questions about your specific risks.
Huntsville Hospital is providing results and has noted test results will be called to you in approximately 7-10 days. Please contact Huntsville Hospital for your lab results if tested on or after 7/6/20 at John Hunt Park or at a local church.
Our partner, Huntsville Hospital is providing results for tests given after July 6, 2020. See above for additional information. If you were tested prior to July 6, 2020 and have not yet received results, please call Thrive Alabama at 256-536-4700 x161.
Please review with your primary care provider if you have any specific concerns (e.g. you had symptoms and/or believe you were exposed*), but in general, face coverings and social distance with anyone outside of your household are recommended in public regardless of test results, though quarantine from the public is recommended if one has possibly been exposed to COVID-19 or isolation if you have symptoms (or test positive).
You will need to review with your employer and/or primary care provider to determine when you can return to work.
Please see the CDC guidelines on quarantine vs isolation.
*Exposure includes being within 6 feet of someone when not wearing a mask, particularly if that individual is known to be positive, though during community spread, which is ongoing in Madison County, exposure can involve any such interaction with a member of the community.
Please visit the CDC’s website for information about quarantining, especially if living with others in your household. In general, the CDC notes that quarantine is necessary to “keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department”.
Please contact your primary care provider to review further, and/or make an appointment with one of our providers. Also reference the CDC guidelines.
Repeat testing may be indicated in certain cases, though not in all. Please review with your primary care provider. For example, if taking a test after having been positive, you may need two negative tests, at least 24 hours apart, before returning to work, but if staying home alone, this may not be necessary. Masks and social distance are recommended even after having had COVID-19 or testing negative.
We are not performing antibody testing. Rather we perform PCR (or diagnostic) test.
Yes, if you have insurance, but no copay will be required
You may get the test, and you will not be charged at the testing site or later.
You will receive a letter at the testing site with name of person & date tested
If you have a medical emergency after clinic hours, call 911 immediately or go to nearest emergency room.
For after-hours medical concerns that need immediate attention please call 256-536-4700 and press zero to be connected to the answering service.
For after-hours non-medical emergency questions or requests please call 256-536-4700 to leave a voicemail. Your call will be returned the next business day.
Si nuestra oficina está cerrada y tiene una emergencia llame al 911 o vaya a su sala de emergencias local.
Para inquietudes médicas fuera del horario de atención que requieren atención inmediata, llame al 256-536-4700 y presione cero para conectarse al servicio de contestador.
Para preguntas o solicitudes de emergencia no médicas fuera del horario de atención, llame al 256-536-4700 para dejar un correo de voz. Su llamada será devuelta el siguiente día hábil.