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COVID Testing

There are currently two different forms of testing:

Antibody Testing – Typically, this involves testing blood forthe presence of the antibodies that may occur after an infection has been detected by a body’s immune system. Antibody tests are not used for diagnosis of COVID-19, but instead to assist in identifying if someone may have come in contact with the virus and could have infected them. A positive antibody test may require a viral test to check for active infection.

Viral Testing – Testing is done through a nasal swab. POCHS uses front-of-the-nose nasal swabs to provide both rapid PCR and rapid antigen Covid viral testing. These are then analyzed to determine within 15-30 minutes if you have an active COVID-19 infection. Some decisions on testing are made on a state or local level. At this time, we do not know if individuals previously infected with COVID-19 can catch it again. You may be asked by an employer or when traveling to have tests on a regular basis such as before entering and leaving a country or on a monthly or other regular basis.

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Types of Covid Tests

For Reliable and Rapid Results

Rapid Antigen

Antigen tests are immunoassays that detect the presence of a specific viral antigen, which implies current viral infection. Antigen tests are currently authorized to be performed on nasopharyngeal or nasal swab specimens placed directly into the assay’s extraction buffer or reagent. Rapid antigen tests perform best when the person is tested in the early stages of infection with SARS-CoV-2 when viral load is generally highest. They also may be informative in diagnostic testing situations in which the person has a known exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Rapid Molecular/PCR

Molecular/PCR tests are also known as Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT), and are based on detection of the virus's genetic material in a sample from the patient's nose. These types of tests are described as typically highly accurate. Molecular testing uses isothermal technology, proprietary enzymes and constant temperature control to achieve the fastest available RNA amplification. This proven molecular system greatly reduces the time for results, allowing healthcare providers to make patient care decisions sooner. Some hospitals use it to test patients before surgery.

SARS-Cov2 Antibody

In general, a positive antibody test is presumed to mean a person has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at some point in the past. It does not mean they are currently infected. Antibody test results should NOT be used to diagnose someone with an active infection. Antibodies start developing within 1 to 3 weeks after infection. We currently don’t have enough information yet to say whether someone will definitely be immune and protected from reinfection if they have antibodies to the virus.

Test Result Notifications & Next Steps

A positive antibody or viral test mean different things, depending on the test which you received:

  • Antibody Testing – A positive antibody test means your body has made antibodies to help protect against COVID-19. It may not show if you have a current infection and does not mean you have long term immunity. A positive antibody test may require a viral COVID-19 test to ensure you are not currently sick without showing significant symptoms.

  • Viral Testing – A positive viral test often means you have an active case of COVID-19. If you test positive, be sure to follow local quarantine procedures and contact your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, POCHS can recommend one in your area. 
A negative viral or antibody test can mean a few things:

  • You were likely not infected at the time your sample was collected.
  • It does not mean you cannot or will not get infected.

  • Individuals at the very early stages of infection may not show positive on the test, this means it is possible to test negative but still show symptoms even days later, therefore we recommend testing 24 hours after known exposure and then again at 96 hours after known exposure.

  • If you have had a known exposure to COVID-19 and test negative, it is still prudent to follow CDC and local quarantine guidelines.

General FAQs

A positive antibody or viral test mean different things, depending on the test which you received:

Antibody Testing – A positive antibody test means your body has made antibodies to help protect against COVID-19. It may not show if you have a current infection and does not mean you have long term immunity. A positive antibody test may require a viral COVID-19 test to ensure you are not currently sick without showing significant symptoms.

Viral Testing – A positive viral test often means you have an active case of COVID-19. If you test positive, be sure to follow local quarantine procedures and contact your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, POCHS can recommend one in your area.
Molecular and Antigen Tests (also referred to as Viral Tests) are two different tests, both of which determine if you have an active COVID-19 infection.

Antibody Tests are not for diagnosing COVID-19, but used instead to assist in identifying if someone may have come in contact with the virus that could have infected them. It looks for the presence of antibodies that may occur after an infection has been detected by the body’s immune system. A positive antibody test may require a viral test to check for active infection.
The tests POCHS uses will determine within 15-30 minutes if you have an active COVID-19 infection.

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