Testing

Authorized assays for viral testing include those that detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid or antigen. Viral (nucleic acid(PCR) or antigen) tests check samples from the respiratory system (such as nasal or oral swabs or saliva) to determine whether an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is present. Viral tests are recommended to diagnose acute infection of both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, to guide contact tracing, treatment options and isolation requirements. Some tests are point-of-care tests, meaning results may be available at the testing site in less than an hour. Other tests must be sent to a laboratory, a process that may take at least 1-2 days.

The Food and Drug Administration has not authorized using antibody tests to diagnose SARS-CoV-2 infection, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not currently recommend using antibody testing as the sole basis for diagnosis of acute infection. In certain situations, serologic assays may be used to support clinical assessment of persons who present late in their illnesses when used in conjunction with viral detection tests. In addition, if a person is suspected to have a post-infectious syndrome caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection (e.g., Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children; MIS-C), serologic assays may be used.

Serologic (Antibody) assays for SARS-CoV-2 infection are an important tool for surveillance and epidemiologic studies, such as understanding the transmission dynamic of the virus in the general population. Unlike direct viral detection methods, such as nucleic acid amplification or antigen detection tests that can detect acutely infected persons, antibody tests help determine whether the individual being tested was previously infected — even if that person never showed symptoms.

The Oregon Health Authority recommends COVID-19 viral testing for all people with new symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of severity. The OHA and Josephine County Public Health recommend that all people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 call their primary care provider before their visit to discuss their illness and testing availability.

Tests for COVID-19 have significant limitations. Testing is most useful in patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Testing of people without symptoms is most useful in COVID-19 case, cluster and outbreak investigations. Antibody testing is not recommended. People should call their primary care provider to discuss necessity and testing availability.

Several primary care provider offices in Josephnie County also offer COVID-19 testing for established patients ranging from Antigen to PCR platforms with results ranging from same-day to a few days. Patients should check with their primary care provider.


Josephine County Community Testing

Asante Three Rivers

  • 1630 Ringuette St., Grants Pass, OR 97527
  • Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon
  • COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 789-2813, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Must have doctors order for testing
  • Urgent Care Video Visits


Siskiyou GP Community Clinic

  • Grants Pass
    • 1701 NW Hawthorne Ave., Grants Pass, OR 97526
    • (541) 472-4777
    • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Walk-in Clinic:
      • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Cave Junction
    • 25647 Redwood Highway, Cave Junction, OR 97523
    • (541) 592-4111
    • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 472-4700
  • Virtual Visits
  • Tests covered by insurance
  • Cash Price: 
    • Virtual evaluation: $49
    • Onsite PCR: $154
    • PCR to private lab: $61.31
    • Antigen: No charge


Valley Immediate Care GP

  • 162 NE Beacon Drive, Space 103, Grants Pass, OR 97526
  • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • (541) 479-1090
  • Website
  • All COVID-19 related visits: No out-of-pocket expense
    • CA Medicaid is not included: ~$132 out-of-pocket
    • Oregon Health Plans not in region is not included: ~$132 out-of-pocket
  • Scheduled testing only


Veterans Affairs Grants Pass Office

  • 1877 Williams Highway, Grants Pass, OR 97527
  • (541) 955-5551
  • Primary Care: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Mental Health Care: Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Laboratory Services: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to noon


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