Covid-19 Testing for Nursing Homes in the United States

Teloyears is offering two options to help meet the testing needs of nursing homes in your state.

1. Testing service and sample logistics. Should your facility already have the staff and expertise to collect the test specimen, TeloYears will provide the testing service and courier/shipping support to ensure secure transport of samples back to our lab.

2. Turnkey testing that includes: TeloYears’s COVID-19 testing service, sample logistics as well as on-site collection provided by TeloYears partners.

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COVID-19 Testing Inside School Re-openings

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Teloyears is bringing COVID-19 testing to colleges, universities, and schools nationwide to help create a safe environment to return to. We've created a testing solution that includes our COVID-19 testing service, sample collection testing kits, logistics and on-site sample collection provided by our partners. No need to worry about PPE, obtaining kits, sample transportation or sample collection. We handle everything!

For the safety and health of faculty, staff, and students, testing is important prior to being re-introduced to on-campus living for the 2020-21 school year. Testing at re-entry will ensure the school population is monitored while identifying anyone who is positive so they can be isolated and provided appropriate care without risk of infecting others.

In addition to initial re-entry testing, we also provide ongoing support for follow-up testing, including a two week post-opening re-testing and ongoing testing as needed.

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COVID-19 Testing (rRT-PCR)

Since 2016, our molecular diagnostic testing lab in California has remained licensed, inspected, and CLIA-certified for having met the rigorous quality standards required to perform high-complexity clinical testing by the US Center for Medicare Services (CMS) under its Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) act.

In this time of national crisis, we have refocused our longstanding expertise to offer COVID-19 testing using our established PCR testing capability, equipment, and quality system. In our CLIA-certified lab, we have now validated the CDC-developed rRT-PCR assay, which is a test that detects the (SARS-CoV-2) virus's genetic material in your respiratory system from a nasal swab sample. We are making this test available now as broadly and affordably as we can under an Emergency Use Authorization, which we have requested from the FDA. We currently do not offer tests to residents of New York.

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COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Infection with the virus can range from being asymptomatic to life-threatening respiratory illness. Infection has been detected globally and in all 50 states. Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

COVID-19 can present with severe illness in individuals of any age and without any previous health problems, but the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Having underlying medical conditions may also increase one’s risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Conditions and other risk factors that may be associated with severe illness and death are listed below.

Important Health Warnings:

If you feel like you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Regardless of your risk status, if you are experiencing any of the following emergency warning signs for COVID-19, it is recommended that you immediately seek emergency care:
-- Trouble breathing
-- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
-- New confusion
-- Inability to wake up or stay awake
-- Bluish lips or face

If you have any symptoms concerning for COVID-19 and any of the following conditions or risk factors, which may put you at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, you should consult with your healthcare provider before using this test:
-- Chronic kidney disease
-- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
-- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
-- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
-- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
-- Sickle cell disease
-- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
-- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
-- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
-- Cystic fibrosis
-- Hypertension or high blood pressure
-- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
-- Liver disease
-- Pregnancy
-- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
-- Smoking
-- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
-- Type 1 diabetes mellitus


If you have any questions about our COVID-19 tests, please

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COVID-19 (Virus) Test

How long does it take?

We provide your test results via our secure online portal within 24-36 hours from receipt of your sample. We limit the number of tests we provide daily to ensure rapid delivery of test results.

Our world-class lab. CLIA-certified.

Your test is performed in our own US laboratory (California), which has been inspected and certified to perform high-complexity clinical testing under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) act of 1988. A CLIA-certified lab must meet high quality standards, including qualifications for staff who perform the test and process controls to ensure accurate reliable results.



Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

  • What is coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?

    Coronavirus disease (also called COVID-19) is an infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus), one of the most recently discovered types of coronaviruses. Those who have this disease may or may not experience symptoms, which range from mild to severe.

  • How does COVID-19 spread?

    COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales air, droplets containing the virus go into the air and onto surfaces and objects around them. Other people are exposed to the virus by breathing in these droplets or by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth after touching infected surfaces.

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. The most common symptoms include:
    - Fever
    - Cough
    - Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    - Chills
    - Repeated shaking with chills
    - Muscle pain
    - Headache
    - Sore throat
    - New loss of taste or smell

    Cases of COVID-19 range from mild to severe. Some people who are infected don’t have any symptoms and don’t feel sick. Most people have mild symptoms.

  • Who is at high risk of getting very sick?

    Severe cases are more likely to occur in older adults (65 years of age and older), as well as pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems, and those with underlying health issues (such as lung disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart conditions, stroke, kidney disease or on dialysis, liver disease, cancer, transplant, AIDS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis). However, serious illness can also occur in young, healthy adults.

  • How is COVID-19 treated?

    There is currently no treatment for COVID-19. Not all patients with COVID-19 will require medical attention, and most people recover within 2 weeks without any specific treatment. For severe cases, hospitalization and respiratory support may be required. For mild cases, treatment focuses on managing symptoms.

  • What is a COVID-19 PCR test?

    PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests check for genetic material (viral RNA) produced by the virus. This determines if an individual is actively infected with COVID-19 and can spread it to others.

  • Who should get a COVID-19 PCR test?

    You should get tested if:
    - You have symptoms of COVID-19, are a healthcare worker, or you live or work in a place where people reside, meet, or gather in close proximity. This can include homeless shelters, assisted living facilities, group homes, prisons, detention centers, schools, and workplaces.
    - A public health department or contact investigator has identified you as someone who should get tested.

    This test may also be helpful if:
    - You have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to check to see if you have the virus and can pass it on to others.
    - You do not have symptoms but the health department or your clinician identified you as someone who should get tested.

    If you are a healthcare professional, first responder, frontline worker, or critical infrastructure worker and believe you have been directly exposed while at work, you should consult your place of work for specific occupational health guidance about testing and whether to stay home or continue working while waiting for your results. You should adhere to recommendations set forth by your employer or the department of health, as they may differ from the CDC’s guidelines.

    If you have any other questions, we recommend that you speak with your primary healthcare provider about testing recommendations to see if testing is right for you at this time.

  • What will my COVID-19 PCR test results tell me?

    Your test results will confirm whether or not you are currently infected with COVID-19. If your results are positive, it is important to limit your exposure to other people and continue to monitor your symptoms. If your results are negative, the virus was not present in the sample you provided.

    After receiving your results, you will have an opportunity to speak with a licensed physician, who can answer any questions you may have about your test results and help determine next steps in care.

  • Are there any limitations to COVID-19 PCR tests?

    This test may not detect the virus in early stages of infection. Furthermore, the virus may not be detected if the sample is not collected as directed. Although the possibility is low, a false negative result should be considered if you have had recent exposure to the virus along with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

  • How is a COVID-19 PCR test performed?

    This test is conducted by nasal swab. The nasal swab test requires insertion of a swab into your nose and the back of your throat.

  • How do I prepare for the test?

    You do not need to do anything to prepare for the test. You do not need to fast or stop taking any medications before testing. Further instructions will be provided to you at the lab or in your test kit.

  • Where can I get more information?

    For additional information about COVID-19, see our COVID-19 PCR FAQs or visit the PWNHealth website.

For more information, please visit our COVID-19 PCR FAQs