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COVID-19 Testing

We offer COVID-19 PCR testing, rapid antigen testing, and antibody testing.

Your physician will determine which type of test(s) you need depending on your particular situation. Both the PCR test and the antigen test are nasal swabs, while the antibody test requires a blood draw conducted in our offices.

The antigen test can return a result in as little as 15 minutes. The PCR test and the antibody test must be sent to lab providers and typically return results in 2-5 days. Call your PartnerMD doctor to determine if you are a good candidate.

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What is the value? Why should someone get tested?

We understand that many people want to get tested, but we ask that we all do our part to help our healthcare system prioritize those who need testing more quickly than others.

If you are currently experiencing symptoms, call your doctor immediately for guidance on possible testing.

The PCR test and the antigen test tells you if you currently have the virus. The antibody test tells you if you have had it in the past by showing if your body has created antibodies to it.

Antibody testing is offered for patients with prior exposure to COVID-19 or prior illness potentially consistent with COVID-19. Your physician can discuss whether antibody testing is helpful in your situation

If you test positive for the antibodies, then you have some immunity to it, but we don’t know how much immunity or for how long.

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What are COVID-19 antibodies?

Curious about what antibodies are, how they are made, and how they work within your body?  Dr. Steven Bishop provides a simple explanation of what antibodies are and what they do in this video.

For more COVID-19 updates from Dr. Bishop, follow us on Facebook or visit our Learning Center for weekly recaps. 

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Will insurance cover the tests?

Most insurance providers will likely cover the PCR, antigen, and/or antibody test(s) in full, with no co-pay requirement. We recommend checking with your insurance provider for more information to be sure.

PartnerMD will charge a draw fee for the antibody test and that is also likely covered by your insurance. The testing lab will charge your insurance for actual processing of the antibody test.

At this time, because of the newness of these tests, pricing for tests that aren’t covered by an insurance company have not been made available to us.

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How do you schedule COVID-19 testing?

Call your PartnerMD doctor or nurse to determine if you are a good candidate for testing. They will help determine which type of test(s) you need depending on your particular situation.

If you are confirmed as a good candidate, please wear your own mask to the appointment. Please be on time, but not too early so there are as few people as possible in the lobby.

Your doctor will call you with the results and the significance of the findings.

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