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Clinical illness & COVID-19 testing

We provide access to high quality, efficient, and effective laboratory grade testing with an emphasis on rapid results. Get your clinical analysis for Covid-19, the flu, and other viral illnessses.

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RT-PCR - Same Day Results


PCR tests are used to identify active infections by detecting and quantifying the presence of nucleic acid (DNA & RNA) within a sample. Known for being highly sensitive, PCR tests are known as the “gold standard.” Garnet uses a RT-PCR and runs the samples in with a Cepheid GeneXpert Xpress. Results are processed the same day as testing, our typical turnaround time being 4 hours. These samples are collected using a shallow nasal swab in both nostrils

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Antigen - Same Day Results


Rapid Antigen tests can quickly and effectively detect active infections by identifying proteins on the outside of the virus using immunofluorescence. Processed onsite at our White Street location, these tests return results in less than 20 minutes once processed. You can expect your results to your client portal within 1-2 hours (Please note, those tested mobily should add travel time, etc to this projection). Antigen tests are different than antibody tests and do not tell you if you have had a prior infection.

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Tests we offer

Not only does Garnet provide citizens with an array of testing services, but we also provide several test options that work for you and your needs. It can be challenging to know what different tests do, or what type of testing you require.

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PCR Tests

RT-PCR , commonly referred to as molecular tests, detect the unique genetic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus by using nucleic acid amplification (NAA) technology such as reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or other amplification methods. RT-PCR is highly sensitive and specific for detecting SARS-CoV-2 virus and is the recommended “gold standard” method for diagnosing current infection. The sensitivity of all molecular tests is dependent on the assay (the test), the timing of testing, sampling technique, and sample type. Molecular tests are considered to be very specific (accurate).

Garnet offers a reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) that produces results in the same day.

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RT-PCR : $250

Payment is required at time of service. While we do not process insurance up front, we can provide claim receipts for services rendered. Insurance reimbursement is not guaranteed and is determined by your carrier.



Collected test specimen are processed in-house, and will generate a result the same day as testing.


People who are showing symptoms, people who are travelling internationally, and people who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.


A positive PCR test result generally confirms a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

A negative molecular test must be interpreted in the context of the exposure history and clinical presentation. False-negative tests have been well documented, especially early in the course of infection.


Rapid Antigen

Antigen tests are immunoassays that detect the presence of a specific viral antigen, which implies current viral infection. Antigen tests are currently authorized to be performed on nasal swab specimens placed directly into the assay’s extraction buffer or reagent.

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Rapid Antigen tests are highly effective in detecting active infections in symptomatic clients. They are also recommended as a tool to effectively screen groups through serial testing.

They are also accepted for those returning to the US after international travel


The Antigen test can provide results within 1-2 hours. If the test is performed by our mobile team, results are available by the end of the day. Antigen tests are relatively inexpensive and can be used at the point-of-care. The currently authorized devices return results in approximately 15 minutes. Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 are generally less sensitive than viral tests that detect nucleic acid using polymerase chain reaction (PCR).


$ 150.00

Payment is required at time of service. While we do not process insurance up front, we can provide claim receipts for services rendered. Insurance reimbursement is not guaranteed and is determined by your carrier.

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On-site BTV

Get your test done at a location in Burlington, Vermont. Visit us at 481 White Street in South Burlington. Appointments are required.

Mobile symptomatic or mobility impaired

There are unique challenges in managing COVID-19 in persons with mobility or cognitive impairment. Garnet will make sure you are being treated and taken care of, no matter what. 

Not feeling well? Garnet can come directly to you to keep you home while unwell.

Large group testing

When someone in your organization is exposed or has a positive test result, it can be unnerving. Garnet is available to provide quick group testing to help evaluate any further spread within your organization.

Garnet staffs a number of pop ups for the City of Burlington and State of Vermont, please visit our events page for more information on public pop ups.

Occupational health

To operate safely in the workplace there are many proactive measures to take: wear masks, socially distance, wash your hands, wear masks, screen for symptoms, wear masks. Regular screening testing of employees is one more step employers can take to validate other mitigation efforts in the workplace.

Burlington COVID-19 Testing

481 White Street,
South Burlington, Vermont

Appointments are required
Monday - Friday
8:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Corporate Office

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

(802) 876-2400

Vermont Department of Health Ambulance Service License
Garnet assists the Vermont Department of Health, UVM Medical Center and Champlain College with COVID-19 PCR testing