Active COVID-19 Test & Rapid Antibody Test Information

Testing is done on a walk-in basis. No appointments needed!

Active Covid-19 Test with Nasal Swab (Molecular Testing Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction or RT-PCR)

  • This test tells you if you have a current infection. The nasal swab detects viral RNA.

Rapid Antibody Test (serologic antibody testing)

  • Rapid antibody test via a finger stick (results in 15 mins)
  • This test detects IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies represent the immune system’s effort to fight off the disease. The detection of antibodies indicates that you currently have or have recently had the virus.
  • In the early days of an infection, when the body’s immune response is still building, antibodies may not be detected.
  • IgM antibodies represent the body’s early response to the virus and take at least a week to appear after a person has been infected.
  • IgG antibodies represent the body’s later response to the virus and appear approximately 3 to 4 weeks after infection.

Important Considerations

  • Testing is time-sensitive and repeat testing may be needed. If you test negative for COVID-19, you may not have been infected at the time your sample was collected. You may also test negative if your sample was collected too early on after exposure. You may also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and become infected then.​
  • At this time, there is not enough evidence to support that the presence of antibodies to COVID-19 provides short- or long-term immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

References

  1. American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) www.aafp.org/patient-care/emergency/2019-coronavirus
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov/COVID19

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