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What Employees Need to Know


  • OSHA suggests that employers consider adopting policies requiring workers to vaccinate or undergo regular COVID-19 testing.
  • Employees get tested regularly, especially in substantial or high community transmission areas.
      • Fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  • People who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately after identifying a potential exposure and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
  • The CDC states that employees who become ill with symptoms of COVID-19 should leave the workplace.



  1. Get tested for current infection with a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after arrival.
  2. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  3. While there isn’t a mandatory quarantine period or mandatory post-travel testing for the unvaccinated, the CDC strongly advises a self-quarantine for up to 10 days. It’s possible to shorten the self-quarantine period by getting a post-travel test.
    1. The two self-quarantine guidelines depend on whether or not you get a post-travel test.
      1. Self-quarantine for 7 days and get a post-travel test between days 3 and 5.
      2. Self-quarantine for 10 days (if you skip the post-travel test) .
  4. If your test is positive or you develop COVID-19 Symptoms after traveling, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.


  • Employers might have been exposed to COVID-19 on their travels. They might feel well and not have any symptoms, but they can still be infected and spread the virus to others. Testing confirms that there is no spreading of the virus in the workplace after traveling.
  • All employers should remain alert to and informed about changing outbreak conditions, including as they relate to community spread of the virus and testing availability, and implement infection prevention and control measures accordingly.



This test is administered with a nasal swab, and GS Labs uses the Indicard Rapid COVID-19 test, which allows results to come back in as little as 30 minutes (wait times may vary depending on volume). MOST insurance providers fully cover this test. 


The PCR test is administered with a nasal swab. This test can detect the virus within days of infection, even in those with no symptoms, because it detects the virus’s RNA (or genetic material). Results of the PCR test come back in 3-5 days.  MOST insurance providers fully cover this test.


This NAAT-PCR test is administered with a nasal swab. This test’s Limit of Detection (LoD) is among the lowest measured for the FDA SARS-CoV-2 Reference Panel. This test is not covered by insurance and is charged as an out-of-pocket expense of $299.00. 


This NAAT-LAMP test is administered with a nasal swab.The Limit of Detection (LoD) is also among the lowest measured for the FDA SARS-CoV-2 Reference Panel. This test is very similar to PCR, differing only in the lack of temperature fluctuations in the testing process. GS Labs provides NAAT-LAMP results in 30 minutes. This test is not covered by insurance and is charged as an out-of-pocket expense of $299.00. 


GS Labs offers one test to detect two contagious respiratory illnesses, COVID-19 and Influenza. The COVID-19 Rapid & Flu Antigen Combined test detects COVID-19, Influenza A, and Influenza B. This test is administered with a nasal swab and can provide results in as little as 20 minutes (wait times may vary depending on volume). This test is not covered by insurance and is charged as an out-of-pocket expense of $199.00.


GS Labs Testing provides COVID-19 testing and peace of mind to multiple communities throughout the US. Our professional staff, including Registered Nurses on-site, are here to help make the COVID-19 testing process safe and simple to deliver your results as quickly as possible.

GS Labs’ rapid testing facilities are helping communities meet the needs and challenges of COVID-19 through employing hundreds of local staff and providing rapid COVID-19 testing services. Our goal is simple – easy scheduling, no-wait testing, and timely results.


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GS Labs Tests Two Millionth Patient For COVID-19 

GS Labs - Provides Over 2 million COVID-19 tests

The pandemic continues to challenge the nation and GS Labs continues to test. 

GS Labs reached a national milestone by administering 2 million COVID-19 tests since we began testing in October 2020. GS Labs entered the COVID-19 testing space as the pandemic initially swept through Nebraska and the Midwest. At the time, loved ones and friends of the company’s partners could not find COVID-19 tests anywhere after being exposed to the coronavirus. GS Labs set out to help solve this problem with convenient, quick and safe testing options.

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To date, GS Labs has made significant investments to build a national operation, including establishing testing sites, hiring nearly 2,500 essential workers, and developing infrastructure to handle customer service, as well as internal operations, billing, compliance, communications and more in multiple markets and states, and the labs’ hotline, staffed by registered nurses. GS Labs expanded across the U.S with new locations in response to community and patient demand, currently operating 16 locations throughout the country.

Expanding COVID-19 Testing Sites

GS Labs testing continues to provide safe, convenient and professional COVID-19 testing in multiple communities across the country. Our drive-up COVID-19 test locations allow you to stay in your car during testing. With rapid testing locations in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Washington, the team at GS Labs is ready to support you and your community with all your testing needs. 

Since GS Labs began providing testing for COVID-19, the team has continued to find areas needing additional testing resources. Constantly seeking ways to keep all communities safe is our utmost priority and has always been at the forefront of the organization. We want to ensure communities have a resource to continue to test. 

Hiring Over 2,500 Essentials Workers

GS Labs has proudly employed over 2,500 medical professionals, including registered nurses, administrative employees and more. As we open in new locations, we hire local individuals looking to keep their community safe. For each community we open in, GS Labs wants to be a resource for testing and a career opportunity for those in the area. We want to engage these communities and work to provide a positive experience for both patients and employees. 

No matter who you are or what stage in your career, GS Labs has a place for you. What makes GS Labs great is our diversity in experiences, careers and perspectives. You bring a positive attitude and growth mindset, and we’ll give the tools and training to succeed. Whether you are a healthcare professional with years of experience or are looking for a change of pace, GS Labs has a spot for you.

Infrastructure to Handle Customer Service

GS Labs is committed to offering convenient and accessible COVID-19 tests with rapid results to provide peace of mind to individuals and communities. The rapid antigen test is currently available to patients at each testing location. The company’s expanded operations stimulate local economies by hiring directly from communities, including the registered nurses and medical professionals who perform every test. Not only do we see the importance and value of having a committed staff administer tests, but we want to ensure we are here to answer any additional questions or concerns our patients may have for us. GS Labs has a dedicated phone line staffed by registered nurses to help interpret test results and answer COVID-19 related health questions. 

The nurse hotline (402-659-7709) is available to all patients to ensure you feel no questions go unanswered. 

Building a Highly Complex Reference Laboratory

To help patients make informed decisions, GS Labs began offering rapid tests due to the need for fast results. As the pandemic evolved, so did the testing needs in our communities, and GS Labs continued to rise to the situation. Rapid Antigen tests are a highly sought-after test due to the timeliness of results; however, the more complex PCR test quickly became the gold standard in detecting the virus within just days of infection. As such, we continued to expand our testing capabilities. Through thoughtful planning, aggressive timelines, the procurement of state-of-the-art testing machinery and bringing on industry-leading laboratory experts, we built a highly complex (CAP Certified) reference laboratory to process PCR tests from GS Labs testing facilities nationwide. Through the millions of tests, hundreds of thousands of PCR tests alone, we’ve helped communities across the country identify the spread of the COVID-19 virus and make safe, educated decisions on the return to work or school, travel and attending events.

With Rapid Antigen and Confirmatory PCR tests, GS Labs provides our patients with the timely benefits of rapid testing and the accuracy of laboratory analysis in a single visit. 

Thank you for trusting GS Labs with your testing needs. We look forward to continuing to serve you, your loved ones and our communities.

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COVID-19 Test. Now What?

What to do after you’ve been tested to ensure your safety.

After you’ve been tested for COVID-19, regardless of the outcome, GS Labs wants to be sure you are staying safe.

If Your Test is Positive

The CDC recommends staying home. In most cases, many people can get through COVID-19 or other illnesses without medical care. It is recommended to stay home unless you must get medical care. Most importantly, be sure you stay in touch with your doctor, especially if you are having an emergency. Once you feel better, disinfect the area you spent your time. 

If Your Test is Negative

This means that you were not infected at the time of your test. While this is great news, it does not mean you cannot get sick. You still may be exposed to the virus after being tested and if you do experience symptoms again, the CDC advises to go get tested. 

To keep protecting yourself and others, it is best to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often and keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others. This is something to practice if you did test negative and after you have finished quarantining if you did test positive. 

How to Keep up with Best Practices

To keep yourself informed about to ensure you are practicing all safety measures, GS Labs recommends following the CDC Guidelines. Another way you can help those around you, is by sharing places and sources for them to get tested. At GS Labs we are working to provide resources to help you and those are you stay informed on safety practices as well as testing for your community. If anyone you know might need testing, help direct them to a good place to go. 

As a reminder, the CDC is still learning about reinfection of COVID-19. While it is still rare, there have been cases of reinfection reported. Due to this, if you have been infected and are showing symptoms of COVID-19 it is best to get tested to be safe along with continuing to practice best safety precautions. 

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At-Home COVID Tests Vs. Professionally Administered Tests

With the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic keeping people at home, at-home COVID-19 test kits are becoming increasingly viable for many people. There are plenty of benefits that exist with an In-Home, Self-Administered test and frequent testing is a benefit to an individual and their community. Taking a look at some of the differences between in-home COVID tests vs. professional lab tests, there are some items that may make you want to reconsider prior to ordering an in-home test kit.

Professional Care With COVID-19 Testing:

Professional COVID-19 testing labs, like GS Labs, utilize medically trained staff in the testing of patients. With Registered Nurses and other properly trained employees, as well as processes and procedures that have gone through strict approvals, your tests are conducted at a level required to provide quality results. There are plenty of opportunities to contaminate a swab test or to improperly collect the sample, which would provide inaccurate results, from handling the swab to actually making sure it gathers enough sample, to placing it in a container to ship out. To an untrained person, a lot of these contaminant contact points may not be obvious, but trained staff know to be on the look out for these and work to ensure quality throughout.

Rapid COVID Results:

Mail-in results can only go as fast as the post office or shipping company can get them. Whether it be overnight or First-Class, test results at their best are “Next Day”. GS Labs Rapid Antigen Test can provide you with quality results in 20 minutes or less. You don’t have to worry about getting i

At a time when postal bandwidth being constantly being strained during COVID-19’s, delays are often frequent with many shipping transactions. 

Insurance Covered for COVID-19 Testing:

It is rare for an insurance to cover the cost of an in-home COVID-19 test kit, making it a purely out-of-pocket cost. Professional laboratory testing, like GS Labs, can be booked through insurance.

Benefits of Professional COVID-19 Lab Testing:

So whether you’re looking at the benefits of in-home testing as just the convenience factor, take into consideration some of this short list of benefits which include professional care, rapid results and insurance coverage, among many others, when making your decision.

With GS Labs testing, you can schedule your COVID-19 test online, show up at your scheduled time, get tested right in your car and have your results back within 20 minutes. With same-day appointments available, you can get in, get tested and get your results before an at-home test kit can even get sent to you!

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GS Labs Testing – Rapid Results, No Lines

Simple & Safe COVID-19 Testing

At GS Labs Testing, our team of healthcare professionals understands the needs of communities across the country when it comes to COVID-19 testing. We seek to make the process simple, since this is likely one of the most stressful times for anyone this year. Watch the video below to learn more about our quick and convenient testing process.


GS Labs Testing Process

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Types of Rapid COVID Testing

While the coronavirus is still in our communities, it is likely at some point you will become concerned you have it and seek testing. You may feel sick or have come in contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Nebraska Department of Health, approximately 75-80 percent of patients with COVID-19 either have no symptoms or have minor symptoms. If you’re worried you are infected, you are likely full of questions. Where do you go, what do you do? How do you get tested? GS Labs Testing is utilizing rapid antigen tests and rapid IgM/IgG (antibody) tests to provide you a test – and peace of mind – in as soon as 20 minutes.