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COVID-19 rapid test results help Rockford family reunite

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Thanks to COVID-19 rapid testing results, one Rockford couple is now able to visit their daughter in Connecticut who has terminal brain cancer. They went to Physicians Immediate Care Clinic where they received their results within 15 minutes.

"Thank goodness for the rapid test," said Mary Roser.

The only way Mary and Steve Roser could visit their daughter, Valerie, was if they tested negative for COVID-19. Traditional tests don't always come back quickly, so they needed something fast.

"It would have been terrible if we could not visit her for two more weeks because she is pretty sick," said Steve Roser.

Luckily, they didn't have to wait. Their COVID-19 rapid test results came back negative within 15 minutes.

"We started doing the ABBOTT ID rapid COVID testing in early April," said Dr. Warren Wollin, Chief Medical Officer at Physicans Immediate Care.

Right now, Physicians Immediate Care is the only rapid testing center in the state, with five locations in our area. While you get results faster than a traditional test, the process is virtually the same.

"It's a simple procedure. The swab is put in the nose and its put right in the machine in the clinic and we know immediatly."

Dr. Warren Wollin says most insurance companies cover the tests, otherwise they range anywhere from $100 - $200. Positive results show up within three to four minutes, while negative results can take up to 15 minutes.

"It's a game changer. People having to wait two weeks or more, national labs are just overwhelmed. It's horrible," said Dr. Wollin.

As for Steve and Mary, they get to see their daughter tomorrow.

"We may have never seen our daughter again if it weren't for the rapid test," said Steve Roser.

A test that gave them a gift they couldn't buy, more time with their daughter.

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Erin Chapman

Erin Chapman is a reporter at WREX. She joined the team in May 2020. Chapman grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Communication in 2020.

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