Baptist Health Urgent Care has expanded its COVID-19 testing capabilities to include rapid antigen testing in Fort Smith, the hospital announced Tuesday.


Only patients who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that began less than five days ago are eligible to receive the nasal swab rapid test.


Rapid testing is available at Baptist Health Urgent Care centers in the following cities: Benton, Bryant, Cabot, Fort Smith, Jacksonville, Little Rock (two centers) and North Little Rock.


Results of the rapid antigen test will be received during your office visit. Baptist Health Urgent Care uses the Sofia 2 rapid antigen test which can detect specific select proteins found in the virus. This means a positive result is highly accurate.


"However, a negative test result does not rule out infection (a false negative result) – thus, it’s still possible to have the COVID-19 infection with a negative Rapid Antigen test," explained Urgent Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matthew Browning, M.D. Your provider may discuss the need to perform additional backup testing after a negative rapid antigen test.


In addition to the rapid test, Baptist Health Urgent Care also offers PCR molecular testing and antibody (serology) testing, to determine if a person has antibodies from a past COVID-19 infection. Additional information about the types of COVID-19 testing offered is available on our website at UrgentTeam.com/Coronavirus-Covid-19.


Walk-ins are welcome or for greater convenience, schedule online with Hold My Spot. For additional center information and hours, visit BaptistHealthUrgentCare.net.