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COVID-19 Test Procedure

Always call ahead to confirm your appointment.

A technician will take a blood draw. The test looks for antibodies that fight against the Coronavirus:

  • IgM antibodies, which happen early in an infection

  • IgG antibodies, which are more likely to show up later

Most people have IgG antibodies about 7 to 10 days after COVID-19 symptoms start. They usually stay in your blood long after the infection goes away.

What’s the Difference Between a Coronavirus Test and an Antibody Test?

The coronavirus test, sometimes called a diagnostic test, 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.

An antibody test shows that you had the virus at some point in the past. It could be gone, or you could still be contagious.

How long before I get results?

Rapid test results are same day, usually within 45 minutes. Confirmation of these results with the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test return within 1-3 days.