BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — What if you could get tested for COVID-19 without leaving your home? One local nurse practitioner says it’s possible.
“We hope to just make things easier for people in this time of uncertainty,” said Piava Rioli, a nurse practitioner with Kaleida Health.
She and her business partner started Adapt WNY—an at-home COVID-19 testing service. Rioli says its the first of its kind in our area.
The goal is to reduce the risk of exposure and clear the way for those with immediate needs.
“We wanted to offer home testing because a lot of people are presenting for just mild COVID symptoms, they want COVID tests, in order to offset some of that demand, we can offer a concierge service in the house,” said Rioli.
It's also about convenience. You book an appointment online and don't have to worry about waiting in a line.
"We will send one of our healthcare professionals out to the home and [patients] will decide whether they want a COVID-19 rapid antigen test, whether they want an antibody test or the PCR,” said Rioli.
They’re currently traveling to Erie and Niagara counties.
How much will this cost?
- Rapid Antigen Test (tests if you're currently infected): $200
- Lab PCR Test (tests if you're currently infected): $125
- Rapid Antibody Test (tests if you were exposed): $100
- Rapid Antigen Test AND Rapid Antibody test: $265
- Lab PCR Test and Antibody Test: $175
Adapt founders say these prices compare to others you'd see in the area.
"Our fees are less than that of a typical urgent care visit and we do believe that we provide much more value to our patients than the typical brick and mortar urgent care," said Tan Shagar, Director of Operations at Adapt WNY.
When would I get results?
- Rapid test: 10 minutes
- Antibody test: 10 minutes
- Lab test: 2-4 days
How can we know this is legit?
Adapt says they partner with Acutis laboratories to get their tests. We checked the CDC website—which lists Acutis as CLIA certified.
They also work with Quest Labs, which is also CDC approved.
"We can assure that the test that people are getting in their homes is the same testing people are getting in acute care facilities. It’s all FDA approved through Emergency Use Authorization," said Rioli.
They’re booking appointments online now. They do offer discounts,15% off for families of four or more and 10% off for couples.
"People are paying for quality, they’re paying for convenience and they’re paying for rapid turn around time. We hope to be a positive impact and a solution for what we’re seeing in the hospital setting," said Rioli.
But if you don't mind the wait, you can always get tested for free at one of the New York State or county testing sites.