Also known As SARS-Cov-2 AB test checks for presence of antibodies to coronavirus in the blood.
Antibody test is very different from molecular covid19 test, which is done with nasal swab, and is checking for presence of the covid-19 virus itself.
Antibodies are produced by immune system after the minimum 7 days after infection and remain positive long after the infection.
This is why antibody test can be used to detect a past infection with coronavirus.
We are currently using Quest’s IgG assay.
IgG turns positive within 7-20 days of infection and tends to persist for over 6months (likely years).
We are offering antibody test to asymptomatic (not exhibiting any signs or symptoms of active infection) patients only.
If you have mild cough or runny nose or still recovering – we have to wait until you recover completely in order to test.
For above mentioned reasons all patients will need to contact Cypress Pointe Urgent Care before they can be considered for covid-19 antibody tests.
Also, if you are already in our office for completely different reasons, we can offer you to get this test done on-the-spot.
The test is done here at our Hammond, La location.
Prior to your blood draw you need a consultation with our Providers.
Provider will make sure you are asymptomatic at the time of the blood draw.
Provider will also document the timing of nature of your past symptoms (if any).
Last but not least, Provider will counsel you on limitation of the test and interpretation of results.
We only bill patients for the evaluation and treatment they receive from our medical providers during their visit. Our Cash Fee for this service is required to be posted and is $115 ($100 for evaluation and $15 to draw blood). Unfortunately, we are not able to provide any information about how our commercial lab partners, LabCorp or Quest, will bill patients for COVID-19 Antibody testing, nor are we able to provide information about how specific insurance carriers will process claims related to COVID-19 Antibody testing and treatment. Many health insurance companies across the country have stated that they will cover the full cost of any testing for COVID-19 due to the CARES Act. However, if you have questions or concerns about your specific insurance plan, it is a good idea to check with your insurance company to learn if it covers the test.
Cypress Pointe Urgent Care accepts most major insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare. If you don’t have insurance or have an insurance that is out of network we will explain to you the most current information we have about COVID testing and how it may apply to Cypress Pointe Urgent Care.
Expected turnaround time today is 1-3 business days.
Since the test is very new, this may change with time.
The answer is NO!
There are currently NO FDA approved SAR-Cov2 antibody tests available.
Several tests have “Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)” but are not “FDA Approved” yet.
The answer is NO!
If you have any questions or want to talk to someone on our staff please use the links below to call or email us.