WILL POSITIVE COVID-19 ANTIBODY RESULTS BE REPORTED TO LOCAL AND STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS?
Yes, CWC will report positive COVID-19 results to the appropriate public health departments in accordance with applicable requirements.
WHAT IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 ANTIBODIES?
At some point, you were likely infected or an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. Positive results may also be a result of a past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E. Based on recently released COVID-19 findings, this could mean you are possibly immune to this season’s COVID-19 strand. Continue to practice safe hygiene habits and follow local rules and federal guidelines.
What types of COVID-19 tests are conducted at COVID Testing Stations?
COVID Testing Stations are offering two types of tests.
Diagnostic tests indicate a current infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 whether or not the patient is exhibiting symptoms.
Antibody tests indicate if the antibodies for COVID-19 are present from a previous infection. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.
Testing is conducted by trained personnel from a Centers for Disease Control high complexity CLIA-certified lab. This includes sample collection, processing and result reporting to the patients.
Should I be tested?
If you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.), you are a candidate for the COVID-19 diagnostic test.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have had symptoms in the past, you may be a good candidate for the antibody test. You must be asymptomatic (free of symptoms) for at least seven (7) days prior to antibody testing.
Do I need a physician referral?
No, you do not need a physician referral to receive a diagnostic or antibody test at COVID Testing Station.