Twin Cities Orthopedics has partnered with OralDNA® Labs to offer a simple oral rinse COVID-19 test option called OraRisk® COVID-19 RT-PCR. This PCR detection test requires a 30-second oral rinse collection with sterile saline.
If you answer YES to any of the following questions, consider scheduling a test:
Molecular Detection of SARS-CoV-2
How much does this test cost?
What payment methods are accepted?
Credit card, HSA/FSA, and some insurance carriers (Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota). Payment or insurance information will be collected at the time of online registration. If you would like to submit to your insurance company for test reimbursement, a receipt with insurance claim information will be available as the second page of your results.
Will my insurance be billed for the cost of the COVID test?
If Medicare or Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota are your primary insurance, yes. If you have an alternate insurance carrier, then it is your responsibility to explore reimbursement through your insurance company and/or HSA. You will receive a receipt with insurance claim information as the second page of your results.
Who can be tested?
All individuals can be tested regardless if you are currently experiencing symptoms. If you answer YES to any of the following questions, consider scheduling a test:
What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
To reschedule your appointment, please contact OralDNA® Labs Client Services at 855-ORALDNA (672.5362).
Do I have to be a TCO patient to get tested?
Do I need a referral to get tested?
Can I use this test for travel/work/school/sports clearance?
Yes. If testing for travel, please be sure to check testing requirements at your destination prior to testing (eg. specimen type).
How long does it take to get tested?
Collection itself includes a quick 30 second swish and gargle. Collection takes place within a 15-minute appointment window.
How is the test sample collected?
30 second swish and gargle with saline oral rinse. No swab necessary. View collection instruction HERE.
Is fasting required for this test?
No, however please do NOT eat, drink, chew gum/mints or use tobacco products for at least 30 minutes prior to testing.
Who performs the test?
A trained dedicated Twin Cities Orthopedics staff member will collect your specimen at the time of your appointment. OralDNA® Labs will process your specimen for OraRisk® COVID-19 RT-PCR testing. OralDNA® Labs is a CLIA-certified and CAP accredited high complexity laboratory created by a team of dedicated healthcare and laboratory professionals, located in Eden Prairie Minnesota.
What is the relationship between OralDNA and TCO?
TCO and OralDNA® Labs have partnered to provide COVID testing services. OralDNA® Labs provides the supplies necessary to perform the test, processes specimens and produces result reports. TCO utilizes their trained and dedicated healthcare professionals to administer the test.
Is this test FDA approved?
No. The OraRisk® COVID-19 RT-PCR test has been given Emergency Use Authorization through the FDA, which is the highest level of clearance the FDA can grant during the public health emergency.
*This test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.
How long will it take to receive results?
Once the laboratory receives your specimen, results will be available within 24 hours or less.
How will I receive my result report?
Result reports are downloaded through our secure result portal; accessed via a unique link sent to your mobile device. If you do not have access to a mobile device – communication will be sent via email.
What do positive and negative results mean?
If you test positive, know what protective steps to take to prevent others from getting sick.
If you test negative, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. Continue to take steps to protect yourself.
How accurate is the OraRisk COVID-19 RT-PCR test?
The OraRisk COVID-19 RT-PCR test is greater than 99% sensitive and 100% specific to the SARS CoV-2 virus.
Who do I call if I have questions about the test or my results?
Please contact your primary care provider with any clinical questions about your test results. Tell him or her that you had a COVID-19 test and the result was positive. Your primary care provider will give you instructions on what to do next and if you need to be seen. The COVID-19 test is not a substitute for medical advice. The results of the test should not stop you from seeking medical attention should you feel you need it. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 and notify the operator that you have or think you have COVID-19.