Family Medicine Center offers COVID-19 Antibody and PCR Tests.
Antibody (Serology) Test
Antibody: Indicates if you were previously infected at some point and fought it off.
Antibodies are formed as part of your body’s immune response to an infection. Your blood sample will be examined for IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. If your blood contains these antibodies, it is likely you’ve had the infection.
- Tests whether or not you previously had Covid-19
- This is a blood test
- Lab results in working 3-days
- Cost: $62.50
PCR (Diagnostic) Test
PCR Test: Indicates if you have an active coronavirus infection, whether or not you have symptoms
The PCR test consists of a swab to collect a sample from the throat and a nostril. A positive result will show that you have coronavirus in your nose or throat at the time of testing. A negative result will confirm that there was no Covid-19 on the swab.
- Tests whether or not you currently have Covid-19
- This is a swab test
- Lab results in 2-4 working days
- Cost $125
Call 702-9310 to schedule a test.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of COVID-19 tests are available?
At this time, We have 2 types of tests available for the detection of COVID-19.
Nucleic acid amplification tests (molecular tests) - also known as diagnostic, genetic, or PCR tests.
Antibody tests - also known as serology tests.
What is the difference between an antibody test and a PCR test?
Antibody testing determines whether you had COVID-19 in the past and now have antibodies against the virus. It tells you if you have ever had the virus.
PCR testing determines if you currently have the disease. Sometimes called a diagnostic test, this looks for signs of active virus - it tells you only if you have the virus in your body at the moment when you’re tested.
What exactly is an antibody test?
Your body makes antibodies when it fights an infection, like COVID-19. That’s how you build immunity to a virus. An antibody test screens for these antibodies in your blood. The antibody test isn’t screening for the virus itself. Instead, it looks to see whether your immune system has produced antibodies in response to the infection.
How do the tests work?
Antibody testing can indicate if you had previously been infected with the virus, even if you never had any symptoms. A health care professional takes a blood sample, usually by a finger prick or by drawing blood from a vein in the arm. Then the sample is tested to determine whether you've developed antibodies against the virus. The immune system produces these antibodies — proteins that are critical for fighting and clearing the virus.
PCR testing detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A health care worker collects fluid from a nasal or throat swab or from saliva. This test is considered very accurate when properly performed by a health care professional.
Do antibodies provide immunity to reinfection?
If test results show that you have antibodies, it indicates that you were likely infected with COVID-19 at some time in the past. It may also mean that you have some immunity, but this is not yet known, as we are dealing with a new virus. With other viruses, immunity after infection can range from lifelong and complete (measles) to nonexistent (HIV). Antibodies to other coronaviruses — the ones that cause the common cold as well as SARS and MERS —persist and are protective against reinfection for several years. This has led some scientists to hypothesize that antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 may be able to provide some level of immunity.
Can the flu shot cause a false positive?
Flu vaccines will not cause false positive tests, according to experts in vaccines and infectious diseases. The influenza virus is very different from coronaviruses. There is no cross-reaction between influenza and the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, meaning traces of influenza would not show a positive result for COVID-19.
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Terms and Conditions
Tests are performed at Family Medicine Center laboratory.
As per the government guidance; if you think you might have Coronavirus, please keep isolated until test results are confirmed.
All coronavirus tests are non-refundable.
Please continue to follow the latest government guidelines even if you test negative. A negative test does NOT mean you are immune and there is the possibility that you may contract it at a later time. If you develop new symptoms later, you may choose to be tested again.