My Child Needs a COVID-19 Test

We realize the urgency to get children tested for COVID-19 to limit spread of the disease, to get children back to school, and parents back to work as soon as possible. Please know we are working to return calls, see patients, and fax results as soon as possible. 

Concord Pediatrics offers two testing options - Rapid Antigen Testing (15 minute) [as long as supplies are available] and PCR Testing (1 day). We are following current NH Department of Health and Human Services and CDC Guidelines when determining which test to use.  Please check with your school or daycare to see if they require a PCR test as opposed to a rapid test.

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  • A note about home tests for COVID-19
  • My child had contact with someone with COVID-19. What day should they get tested? 
  • Rapid Antigen Testing: only on days 1-5 for those with symptoms
  • PCR Testing: for patients with or without symptoms
  • COVID-19 Pricing Transparency

A note about home tests for COVID-19.

You may have seen "Rapid Antigen Tests" for use at home for sale in various stores.  If they are bought from a reputable seller/pharmacy, are a brand/test that is approved by the CDC, and are used exactly according to instructions - these can be accurate and useful tests.  The are designed to be repeated in 24-48 hours for the most accurate results.  

  • At the very start of an illness or after 5 days of illness it is possible a rapid test will be negative, even if the person has COVID-19.
  • If a Rapid Antigen Test is negative, that means there was not a lot of virus present on that day. When there is high suspicion for COVID-19, such as in the case of a sick person who was in close contact to someone with COVID-19, or a person who reports very specific symptoms of COVID-19 (like total loss of taste or smell) the test should be repeated in the following days, or a PCR can be done at our office.
  • If an at home test is POSITIVE, it is POSITIVE. The chance of a "false positive" is very low at the current rate of community spread. A subsequent negative rapid at home test, negative rapid test in the office, or negative PCR will not override the positive at home test.  We strongly discourage additional testing after a positive test.
  • See our information about what to do if your child has COVID-19 here.
  • Please note that Concord Pediatrics cannot write Back to School/Daycare/Sports notes based on negative home tests results.
  • If your child tests positive on a home test, you are asked to call the NH Department of Health and Human Services at 603-271-4496.
  • Check out https://www.covidtests.gov/ for free tests.  Also check with your health insurance provider to see if tests can be ordered directly through your insurance (we know they are hard to find in stores right now!).

FAQ: My child had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and is quarantining (the person is in the same household and your child is not immunized), or self-observing for symptoms (contact was outside of the household). What day should they get tested?  

  • Rapid or PCR testing on day 5-7 may be helpful to know if your child is coming down with COVID.  Your school or daycare may have set up their own guidelines about testing to return to school.
  • A negative PCR test does not rule out the possibility of later infection (a person could get sick on day 9 or 10 after exposure).

Rapid Antigen Testing: most accurate for those with symptoms in days 1-5 of illness

Concord Pediatrics can do Rapid Antigen Testing [Sofia 2 SARS Antigen or Abbott BinaxNOW Antigen Test] with results in 15 minutes on patients with symptoms, during the first 5 days of illness, or as a screen for infection after a person has been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  

*If a Rapid Antigen Test is negative, that means there was not a lot of virus present on that day. When there is high suspicion for COVID-19, such as in the case of a sick person who was in close contact to someone with COVID-19, or a person who reports very specific symptoms of COVID-19 (like total loss of taste or smell) we could consider sending a PCR on the same day, or in the following days if symptoms worsen to confirm that the person is negative.


PCR Testing: for patients with or without symptoms

Concord Pediatrics can send PCR Tests for patients with or without symptoms. We usually see results within 1 day. 

*A negative PCR test is very reassuring, however if symptoms worsen, repeat testing should be considered.  It is possible to have a negative result if testing early in the course of infection, or to become symptomatic on day 9 or even 14. 


COVID-19 Pricing Transparency

If you need a COVID-19 diagnostic test, you may be curious about what a test will cost you.  We publish our COVID-19 diagnostic test price list online in accordance with provisions in the CARES Act.

Important Facts to Keep in Mind

  • If you have insurance, please note that many insurance plans cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing at no cost to you.
  • The actual price you pay will likely be lower than the price listed on this page because prices listed do not take into account insurance coverage or other financial assistance.
  • COVID-19 diagnostic testing options are rapidly evolving, and therefore tests and prices are subject to change. Our published price list is accurate as of 12/1/2021.

Please call your insurance agency before your appointment if you have questions about your insurance coverage for COVID-19 testing.

  • COVID-19 PCR  A qualitative multi-target molecular test that aids in the detection of COVID-19 in nasal swabs; this test is swabbed at Concord Pediatrics, then sent to Concord Hospital and billed through Concord Hospital:  See price listing at Concord Hospital
  • Sofia SARS Antigen FIA  A rapid antigen-based point-of-care test for the detection of COVID-19 completed (swabbed) at, and billed through Concord Pediatrics:  $100.00* 
  • Sofia SARS and Flu A and Flu B Antigen FIA  A rapid antigen-based point-of-care test for the detection of COVID-19, Influenza A and B completed (swabbed) at, and billed through Concord Pediatrics:  $115.00* 

*These listings do not include billings for the office visit for patient evaluation and specimen collection at Concord Pediatrics.