COVID 19 Testing

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COVID -19 Swab Test:  

These are tests performed from nasal swab specimens to diagnose active COVID 19. Currently available nasal swab tests use either antigen detection or molecular detection assays to diagnose COVID 19. Your provider uses either or both of these assays to diagnose COVID 19 after evaluating your symptoms. These tests are administered to anyone with the following:

  • Has shown coronavirus symptoms  like fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches, new loss of taste or smell
  • Is a health care worker or first responder working with coronavirus patients
  • Has been in contact with someone who has the virus in the past 14 days

COVID 19 Blood Tests:

These are blood tests that can detect antibodies with high accuracy, to see if a person had previously contracted COVID -19. Available to anyone:

  • Who previously had COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Those who received a positive test result for COVID-19 and have now recovered after 14 days; 
  • Who believe they have come into contact with somebody who had the virus.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will it take to get results?

  • Swab Tests: Rapid COVID 19 nasal swab antigen assay results are available within 15 minutes. Positive tests have high degree of accuracy for COVID 19 in the context of your symptoms. If you are tested negative, your provider may advise additional testing with molecular assays, results of which takes an average of 2-3 days
  • Blood Tests: Antibody blood tests takes 2-3 days for results to become available

How much it cost?

  • Insured: Visits primarily for COVID 19 care and treatment, your co-payment and/or deductible will be waived, until further notice. For all other visits, standard co-payments and/or deductible apply.
  • Uninsured: Medically necessary COVID 19 care and treatment provided by our office will not be charged to you until further notice. If your visit is primarily for non COVID 19 reason (s), self pay fees apply. Please check with our office for our affordable self pay options.
  • Lab tests (Swab test & Antibody tests) are billed by our lab partners (Quest or Labcorp or Sunrise or Sherman Abrams) to your insurance carrier. Verify with your insurance carrier prior to visit if you have concerns regarding coverage. 

What precautions should I take after nasal swab test?

  • Anyone who receives a positive test should self quarantine alone in their home for 14 days, and call 911 if their symptoms worsen
  • Those who get negative tests should continue to exercise safe social distancing, wear a face mask and to wash hands frequently to avoid catching the virus going forward

What does a positive antibody test mean? 

  • A positive test result shows you have antibodies that likely resulted from an infection with SARS-CoV-2, or possibly a related corona virus.
  • It’s unclear if those antibodies can provide protection (immunity) against getting infected again. This means that we do not know at this time if antibodies make you immune to the virus.

What does a negative antibody test mean?

  • If you test negative for COVID-19 antibodies, you probably did not have a previous corona virus infection that has gotten better. However, you could have a current infection. It’s possible you could still get sick if you have been exposed to the virus recently since antibodies don’t show up for 1 to 3 weeks after infection. This means you could still spread the virus.
  • Some people may take even longer to develop antibodies, and some people may not develop antibodies.

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