Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Testing in Arkansas
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Is there an age limit for testing babies and children?
We provide COVID-19 testing for all ages.
Is this the rapid (Antigen) test?
No. We test samples using a real-time, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)
instrument, which is considered the gold-standard of COVID-19 testing. The RT-PCR test is the
most accurate and sensitive test available. Patient results are typically available the next day and
give a more accurate result than the Antigen test.
Is there a Rapid PCR test?
Yes. Our locations offer a Rapid PCR Accual test with results typically available 4-5 hours after
Do I need an appointment for a COVID-19 Test?
There is no appointment necessary to be tested for COVID-19 in Arkansas. Upon arrival, patient
information will be collected via QR code. The Drive-Thru testing staff will be available to assist
you through each step of the testing process.
What are the qualifications for getting COVID-19 tested?
Patients can be tested for COVID-19 in Arkansas who are symptomatic, have had known exposure,
or need screening for travel, work requirements, or peace of mind. If you are using insurance,
please verify your COVID-19 testing coverage with them prior to being tested.
How much does the COVID-19 test cost?
If you are covered by insurance, there is no out-of-pocket cost to be tested.
If you do not have insurance, there is a $100 charge per test.
The cost is $100 for any testing required for leisure or out of country testing.
We accept cash and major credit cards.
Does my insurance cover a COVID-19 test?
Yes, insurance will cover the cost of your COVID-19 tested in Central and Northwest Arkansas.
However, we do not run insurance on any leisure or international travel testing
How quickly will I get my COVID-19 test results?
Times depend on the type of test performed:
PCR-COVID-19 results are available 24-36 hours after testing.
How will I receive my COVID-19 test results?
Results can be accessed via the Patient Portal here.
Results are in a PDF format and can be printed for your records. You will also receive a
text message when your results are ready, and will use your requisition ID, access key, name and
date of birth to access them.
What if I test positive for COVID-19?
Should you test positive for COVID-19, please contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for
further instructions. You may also reference the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Arkansas
Department of Health (ADH) websites for up-to-date recommendation for quarantine and
other guidelines. All results are sent to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), a representatives
will follow up with you in the event the result is POSITIVE.
What cities do we test for COVID-19 in Arkansas?
We are proudly offering Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing in Little Rock and Springdale.
Stay tuned on our website for further information.
Natural State Laboratories and NS Genomics offer independent COVID-19 Drive-Thru locations across
Arkansas. Our Drive-Thru teams are committed to providing a smooth, efficient testing experience; results
available next day, in most cases through our online, HIPPA-compliant portal. Positives are reported to
the Arkansas Department of Health.