COVID-19 Testing 

 

We offer both molecular diagnostic and IgG antibody testing.

Molecular Diagnostic Test 

  • Performed with a nasopharyngeal swab.

  • Used to diagnose a current infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

IgG Antibody (Serology) Test 

  • Performed with a blood draw.

  • Used to detect previous exposure to SARS-CoV-2 virus.

  • Test is most accurate after 14 days of being symptom free because this allows the body to develop antibodies.

  • Test is not used to diagnose current SARS-CoV-2 infection. If you test positive for antibodies, a confirmation molecular diagnostic test may be recommended to rule out current infection.

  • A positive test does not imply you have immunity to SARS-CoV-2 virus.

So When Should I Get Tested and How Does it Work?

You Currently Have Symptoms

If you're currently symptomatic with the following symptoms:

  • Body aches

  • Fatigue

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose

  • Chills

  • Fever

  • Sore throat

  • Cough

  • Headache

  • Shortness of breath

  • Diarrhea or vomiting

  • Loss of smell or taste

you should get tested via a molecular diagnostic test. We currently perform a nasal swab which is then sent to LabCorp or Quest. Results generally come back in 1-3 days, but can take up to 5 days.

  • A negative diagnostic test result means we could not detect SARS-CoV-2 virus in your nasopharynx. You should follow up with your PCP.

  • A positive diagnostic test result means you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2 and you should continue self quarantine. 

You Currently Do Not Have Symptoms (Asymptomatic)

If you're asymptomatic, meaning you have no symptoms, for the last 14 days, we'll draw your blood to check for IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Your blood sample will be sent to LabCorp or Quest and results generally come back in 1-3 days, but can take up to 5 days.

  • A negative antibody test result means that you have no antibody to the virus or the level of antibody present at the time of testing was below the test's detection limit.

  • A positive antibody test result means you may have been previously infected with the virus, and you may be required to get a confirmation molecular diagnostic test to rule out current infection. 

  • It's important to note that a positive result may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains.

  • Currently, there is not enough research or data to suggest that the presence of antibodies translates to immunity to SARS-CoV-2. In addition, we currently do not know how long the antibodies last after being infected with SARS-CoV-2. This could potentially mean even if you are immune to the virus, we're not sure how long immunity will last. We also do not know at what level of antibodies is required to produce sufficient immunity, if at all.   

If You Need to Leave Isolation, Return to Work or Pre-Op Testing

Call to schedule an appointment or book an in-clinic appointment. Testing is available 7 days a week. Screening required. Appointment only.

$0 Cost for COVID-19 Related Visits and Testing

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare expenses related to the treatment of individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis cost $0 with most major insurances, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. Please check with your insurance for COVID-19 related visit and testing coverage. Some insurances may not cover serology testing.

No Insurance

If you are uninsured, there is $0 cost to you for COVID-19 related visits and testing. Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act or FFCRA and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, healthcare expenses related to the treatment of uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis are funded by FFCRA and the CARES Act.  

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