Tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) known as "swab testing" can be done at any ProHEALTH Urgent Care center. COVID-19 antibody testing is now available at all ProHEALTH Urgent Care centers or through your ProHEALTH provider.
Both tests can be booked same day at your convenience. Due to the critical importance of COVID-19 tests, ProHEALTH is waiving all copays and deductibles.
There are two main tests to help find out if you have the COVID-19 virus now or if you may have had it in the past.
The first "swab" test is a diagnostic test to determine if you have COVID-19 now. The second test is known as antibody testing (also known as "serology"), which determines if you have already had the virus.OR
The COVID-19 virus test is also known as "swab testing." This is a diagnostic test to determine if you have COVID-19 now. The test is done with a swab that takes a sample of mucous from the nasal passage.
When someone is infected with a virus, the body reacts by producing antibodies (cells that fight illness). Antibody tests, also known as serology tests, look at a patient's blood to see if antibodies can be found.
The antibody test that ProHEALTH offers is a blood test that determines if you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and whether or not your body has reacted to it. The COVID-19 antibody test measures the level of coronavirus "IgG" antibodies in the bloodstream.
These antibodies appear approximately two weeks after the onset of infection or when someone was exposed to or got sick from COVID-19.OR
If antibodies are found in someone's blood, the person has very likely been infected with COVID-19.
This antibody test is most reliable when used more than 14 days after the end of symptoms. Patients are advised to wait until they have been free of symptoms for two to four weeks before taking the test to get more accurate results.
Some people infected with COVID-19 don't have symptoms. For those who may have been infected but didn't feel sick, it's not possible to time the test with the end of symptoms.
When the antibody test is given to someone who didn't have symptoms, the results are less certain. Antibodies may not show up on the test because not enough time has gone by since the onset of infection.
The blood test will still reliably find antibodies if the infection took place more than two weeks before testing.
It's important to note that these tests don't prove immunity (if you're protected against getting COVID-19 in the future). The tests also can't tell us if someone who had COVID-19 in the past is contagious or still able to make others sick.
Even if you have been tested for COVID-19, you should still self-isolate (stay away from others), use social distancing and wear masks in public.OR
There are two ways:
- Go to any ProHEALTH Urgent Care location. You can simply walk in, or book an appointment online in advance. You'll have your blood drawn and you'll be contacted with the results of the test.
- Call your ProHEALTH doctor to set up an appointment. You may visit with your doctor either in-person or virtually, meaning you can speak with your doctor on the phone or through a video visit from the comfort of your own home.
Your doctor will then give you a referral to go to one of our many lab-draw stations. You can walk in for the appointment at your convenience, when it works best for you. You'll have your blood drawn and you'll be contacted with the results of the test.OR
For both COVID-19 swab and antibody testing, there are no copays or deductibles. Testing will be billed to your insurance, but you won't be responsible for out-of-pocket expenses.OR