COVID-19 Virus and Antibody Testing

PartnerMD offers both COVID-19 virus and antibody testing in our offices.

The virus test is a nasal swab and the antibody test requires a blood draw conducted in our offices. Both are then sent off to lab providers and require 2-5 days for processing and results.

Due to the limited supply of both, we ask that our members help the healthcare system by doing our part and only receiving testing when you are a key candidate. Your PartnerMD physician will help you determine if you should be tested, and if so, which test is most appropriate for you.

What is the value? Why should someone get it?

We understand that most 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.

The virus nasal swab 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.  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. Watch this video for an easy-to-understand explanation of the science behind antibody testing from Dr. Steven Bishop.

For antibody testing, we are only drawing blood from a limited number of people each day to make sure that we can keep you safe. This allows us to see as many people as possible while still thoroughly cleaning the room between every patient.

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

Who should get antibody testing?

As mentioned above, because of the limited supply at the moment, we are asking you to help us prioritize testing the following groups of patients:

  • Any healthcare provider – Until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, which is not expected for at least a year, it is important to figure out which healthcare providers have some type of immunity to the virus.
  • High-risk individuals – Anyone over 60 and/or has an underlying health condition (diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc.) AND who has been sick in the last three months.
  • Caregivers of High-risk individuals – If you are a caregiver who is taking care of and interacting with a high-risk individual (parents, grandparents, senior living facility employees, etc.).

Who should not get antibody testing yet?

If you are high risk and have not had symptoms commonly seen with COVID-19 since February, do not come out of your home just to expose yourself for a test. Stay home and continue to follow the recommended social distancing guidelines.

If you are low risk and have experienced symptoms, please wait and continue following the recommended social distancing guidelines until more testing is available.

If you are low risk and have not experienced symptoms, please also wait and continue following the recommended social distancing guidelines until more testing is available.

Will insurance cover the virus test or antibody tests?

Most insurance providers will likely cover the virus test and/or both antibody tests 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 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.

How do I schedule either virus testing or antibody testing?

Call your PartnerMD doctor or nurse to determine if you are a good candidate for either virus or antibody testing.

If you are confirmed as a good candidate, please wear your own mask to the appointment. No visitors are allowed to come with you. 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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