UPDATE: COVID-19 Testing

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.

Arkansas is experiencing yet another rise in COVID-19 cases. Testing has become an important tool in detecting the presence of COVID-19 in the body and stopping the spread of the virus in our community. Cabot Emergency Hospital offers safe, fast, and effective COVID-19 testing. We have the capabilities for PCR testing, Antigen testing, and even Antibody testing, which we describe in detail below. The bottom line is — we can do it all!

Cabot Emergency Hospital offers testing 24/7, every day of the year. Outpatient orders for testing are preferred. If you do not have an outpatient order, your insurance will be billed an ER visit so our physician can evaluate you. Please note, we are unable to bill Medicare, Medicaid, ARKids or TRICARE for COVID-19 testing. Federal mandates such as the FFCRA & CARES Act no longer require your insurance company to cost of testing. Your deductible, co-insurance, and co-pay may apply. Self-pay pricing is available to all patients at all times, including those with insurances we are unable to bill and those without insurance.

For further information or questions, give us a call at 501-333-9110.


A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test picks up the presence of viral genetic material. PCR detects the RNA, or the genetic makeup of the virus, which can only be detected if someone is actively infected with the virus. This test can tell whether someone has the virus early on, even if they’re not showing symptoms yet.

The PCR test is beneficial because if someone is positive, they can reach out to the people they have been in contact with and encourage them to self-isolate. Thus, helping to break the transmission chain and prevent further spreading of the virus.

How it’s done: This test uses a nasal swab to collect a sample.  The sample is then processed in our lab and results are given in approximately one hour.

Insurance: PCR testing is covered by most commercial insurances, especially if the person is actively experiencing symptoms. 

Outpatient Self-Pay Cost: $200


The antigen test consists of an analyzer device and matching test cartridges. Each cartridge encases biological components that show whether or not a sample contains fragments of SARS-CoV-2. By searching for proteins found on the surface of the coronavirus, antigen testing produces results in minutes instead of days.

Antigen testing was developed after the initial rise of COVID-19 cases in 2020 and served as a vital tool in detecting the presence of the virus in our community.

How it’s done:   A nasal swab is used to collect a sample. The sample is then processed in our lab and results are given in approximately 30 minutes.

Insurance: Antigen testing is covered by most commercial insurances, especially if the person is actively experiencing symptoms. 

Outpatient Self-Pay Cost: $200

Antigen/PCR Combo

Due to the novel nature of antigen testing, some providers choose to utilize PCR testing in conjunction with antigen testing to ensure both rapid results and the highest level of accuracy.

How it’s done:   Two nasal swab samples are collected. One swab is used to perform an antigen test, the other swab is used to perform a confirmatory PCR test.  Antigen results are back in approximately 30 minutes.  PCR test results are either returned in one hour (when processed in our lab) or returned in 2-10 days (when processed in a send-out lab).

Insurance: Antigen/PCR testing is covered by most commercial insurances, especially if the person is actively experiencing symptoms. 

Outpatient Self-Pay Cost: $300


Testing antibodies, also known as serologic testing, shows whether you have had the virus in the past. The test looks for two types of antibodies, IgG and IgM, which rise as the body mounts an immune reaction to fight off the SARS-COV2 virus. Testing the level of antibodies in someone’s blood is helpful because the antibodies would only be there if the person had been infected with the virus prior to the test.

How it’s done:  A sample of blood is drawn to be tested. Results take about 20 minutes.

Insurance: Antibody testing is covered by most commercial insurances. 

Outpatient Self-Pay Cost: $200

Please note:  We are unable to bill Medicaid, Medicare, or Tricare for outpatient testing services at this time.

Symptoms and Signs of COVID-19

Not sure what to look for? Below are the different ways COVID-19 can affect your body. Symptoms can show up anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure, with the majority of people seeing signs within 5-6 days.

If you start noticing the following symptoms and become concerned, contact Cabot Emergency Hospital or your primary healthcare provider.

The top 7 most common symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

  1. Fever
  2. Fatigue
  3. Dry cough
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Body aches
  6. Shortness of breath
  7. Mucus of phlegm

Other, less common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stuffy nose
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Chills or shaking

The most serious, “emergency symptoms” of COVID-19 include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Constant pain or pressure in your chest
  • Sudden confusion
  • Blueish colored lips

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these severe symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Cabot Emergency Hospital continues its commitment to improving the health and safety of our community. For more information on the extensive list of services we offer, visit our website. And for all your medical needs, questions, and concerns, we’re here to help you through this uncertain time!

Disclaimer: As a service to our readers, Cabot Emergency Hospital and Nutex Health state no content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

Nutex Health, Inc supports you and your family’s health. Cabot Emergency Hospital is always ready to provide the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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