Covid-19 Testing – Frequently Asked Questions

 

What kinds of tests do you offer?

We offer the nasopharyngeal swab (PCR) test and new ROCHE Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 serology test for COVID-19 antibodies.

 

Which test should I do?

The PCR test is best for people who currently have symptoms or were more recently exposed to somebody who has tested positive.  This test looks for viral RNA genetic material and diagnoses and active infection. The ROCHE serology antibody test is best done 14 days after an exposure or symptoms began.  This test shows antibodies (immunity) and indicates a previous infection.  It does not show current infection.

 

Do I need a doctor’s order?

No. We have our own physician and nurse practitioner here on-site and they provide your order as part of the assessment and visit.

 

How long until I get my results?

The PCR (nasopharyngeal swab) results are generally reported in 3-5 business days, but often we have gotten results in 2-3 days.
The antibody test is usually returned in 2-3 business days.