Mountain Medical Center wants the community to be aware that we can do both Nasopharyngeal (NP) Swabs (a diagnostic test to tell you if you have a current COVID-19 infection) and blood draws for COVID-19 antibody testing (to tell you if you previously had an infection).
COVID-19 Testing Update (from MMC only)
Over the past six weeks since March 19th, MMC has collected 23 NP swabs and 3 antibody blood draws. Of those 26 tests, two were positive (NP swabs collected on 3/30 and 3/31), 21 were negative, and 3 tests from the last couple of days are still pending. Social distancing appears to be working well in our county – keep it up!
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
If you are interested in being tested for COVID-19 antibodies, there are a few things you should know about the test. We have compiled the information below from our lab (Quest Diagnostics) and the CDC.
What are antibodies?
The human body produces IgG antibodies as part of the immune response to the virus. It usually takes around 10 to 18 days to produce enough antibodies to be detected in the blood.
Please note – evidence is still being collected to determine if IgG antibodies provide protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection.
Should I get the antibody test done?
This test may be helpful if you:
- Have had a positive test for COVID-19 and it has been at least 7 days and you want to know if you have detectable levels of IgG antibodies
- Have not experienced a fever or felt feverish in the last 3 days
- Have not experienced new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days: loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, feeling weak or lethargic, lightheadedness or dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, slurred speech, and/or seizures
This test may NOT be helpful if you are:
- Feeling sick or have had a fever within the last 3 full days
- Trying to diagnose COVID-19
- Less than 7 days since being tested for and diagnosed with COVID-19
- Directly exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- A person with a compromised immune system, a condition that makes it difficult to fight infections
At this point, MMC has no way of knowing if your insurance plan will cover antibody testing. Please check with your specific payer by calling the number on the back of the card. If you are a self-payer (uninsured), you can get an office visit, blood draw, and the antibody test itself done at our clinic for under $200.
Please note – if you are CURRENTLY symptomatic and are tested with the NP swab as a diagnostic test, most payers are covering those visits and lab tests 100%. Again, please call your specific carrier for information on your personal coverage.