Covid-19 Testing

Current Thrive patients may schedule an appointment with a medical provider.  If COVID testing is indicated, it will be performed at your visit.*

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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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.

Protect Yourself and Others

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:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Alabama Department of Public Health

Symptoms of Covid-19

Self Check

People at Increased Risk

Should You Get Tested

Thrive Alabama Testing FAQ

What is COVID-19 and how is it transmitted?

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).”

What type of COVID-19 test does Thrive Alabama offer at the testing sites?

Thrive Alabama currently offers rapid COVID Antigen testing, in addition to PCR testing for those with a negative rapid test.

We are specifically using the COVID-19 test by Assurance Scientific Laboratories out of Birmingham, AL. 

How long does it take to get COVID-19 test results back when tested at a Thrive Alabama testing site?

Rapid COVID testing results are available in 15 minutes and will be provided to you at the time of your COVID testing visit.  PCR results are generally available within 1-5 business days.

Once I take a COVID-19 test at a Thrive Alabama testing site, can I go out in Public/work while my results are pending?

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.

What does it mean to self-quarantine? How do I self-quarantine when others live in my household?

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”.

If I test positive for COVID-19, how long should I isolate and when do I need to retest?

Please contact your primary care provider to review further. Also reference the CDC guidelines.

If I test negative for COVID-19, how often should I take the test again?

We do not routinely recommend repeat testing. Please review with your primary care provider.

Is Thrive Alabama testing for COVID-19 antibodies at the testing site?

We are not performing antibody testing. Rather we perform PCR (or diagnostic) test.

Will Thrive Alabama bill my insurance for a COVID-19 test?

Yes, if you have insurance, it will be billed to your insurance.

Can I take the COVID-19 test at a Thrive Alabama testing site, if I have no health insurance? Is there any cost to take the test?

You may get the test.  You may qualify for a sliding fee discount based upon your financial circumstances.  Please inquire when scheduling for an appointment or at check-in.

Will I get documentation immediately after my COVID-19 test, to show the day I was tested?

You will receive a letter at the testing site with name of person & date tested

Adult Primary Care

3500 Memorial Parkway SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-536-4700
Fax: 256-536-4117


3007 Memorial Parkway SW
Suite C
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-429-4500
Fax: 256-517-8550

Behavioral Health

415 Church Street
Building E, Suite 10
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-536-4700
Fax: 256-536-4117

Health Education

4825 University Square
Suite 14
Huntsville, AL 35816
Phone: 256-536-4700
Fax: 256-536-4117


112 S. Pine Street SW
Suite 202
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: 256-764-0492
Fax: 256-764-1670


201 E. McKinney Avenue
Suite A
Albertville, AL 35950
Phone: 256-660-5127
Fax: 256-536-4117

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