COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION
Last Updated 4/30/2021
CityMD is currently offering three forms of COVID-19 testing at all locations.
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COVID-19 TESTS

Rapid Test

This test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus.

  • Administered via a nasal swab.

Antibody Tests

CityMD offers two forms of Antibody testing, the Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test) and the Spike Protein Antibody (Blood Test). These tests will detect if you have built antibodies for the COVID-19 virus.

  • Administered via a blood sample.

PCR Test

This test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus.

  • Administered via a nasal swab.

What Do These Covid-19 Tests Detect?

Rapid and PCR Tests

Detects if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus.

The Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test)

Detects if you have had prior exposure to or infection with COVID-19 and have built antibodies for the virus. For most viral illnesses, a positive antibody means prior exposure to a virus and possible immunity to future infection. As COVID-19 is a novel (new) infection, it is unclear if a positive antibody offers immunity. CityMD recommends universal precautions (Hand washing, social distancing and masks when appropriate).

The Spike Protein Antibody (Blood Test)

This test potentially identifies antibodies created by you in response to vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. It can also detect antibodies made in response to a COVID-19 infection.

How And When Will I Get Results?

Results for Rapid Test

Expect to receive your results within approximately 15 minutes. Your results will be provided via email and come from noreply@citymd.net email address. If you do not receive an email in your inbox, please be sure to check your spam or junk folder.

Results for PCR Test

The average turnaround time for PCR (Nasal Swab) lab results is currently 3-5 days, but can take longer depending on lab partner and other factors. Your results can be viewed via your CityMD Patient Portal Account. Once you are in your CityMD Patient Portal Account, please check your "lab reports" or "visit summary" for your results. You will receive a text message or email with a link to our portal.

Results for Serum Antibody IgG and Spike Protein Antibody (Blood Tests)

Please allow 3-5 days to receive your results. Your results can be viewed via your CityMD Patient Portal account. Once you are in your CityMD Patient Portal Account, please check your “lab reports” or “visit summary” for your results. You will receive a text message or email with a link to our portal.

 

How Much Do Each Of These Tests Cost?

 

Prior to visiting CityMD for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for clearance, travel or work, we recommend contacting your insurance provider ahead of your visit to confirm they will cover the cost of your CityMD visit and testing. CityMD will submit a bill to your insurance company but some insurance plans may deny COVID-19 related claims as guidelines under the CARES Act are updated. For patients without insurance, we will continue to submit the claim to the Government sponsored agency. Please note, evaluation by a provider is required for all patients requesting a COVID-19 test.

What Precautions Do I Take Based On My Results?
Rapid Test

Negative

 

- Asymptomatic

 

Continue to exercise universal precautions such as social distancing, quarantining, frequent hand washing, wearing of
a mask or face cloth in public, and other CDC guideline recommendations.


- Symptomatic

 

A confirmatory PCR test will be sent to an outside lab to ensure result accuracy. You should quarantine at home until
your PCR result is available.


Positive

 

- Asymptomatic

 

You are recommended to isolate for 10 days from the day of the test. You may end your isolation period after 10 days
assuming you either remain symptom free or any symptoms you develop are significantly improved AND you have not
had a fever for 24 hours (without using fever reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen).

 


- Symptomatic

 

You are recommended to self quarantine for 10 days from onset of symptoms. After 10 days, you may return to work
provided your respirator symptoms (ie. cough, runny nose) are improving AND you are fever-free for 24 hours (without
using fever reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen).

Serum Antibody IgG and Spike Protein Antibody (Blood Tests)

Regardless of your results, you should continue to exercise universal precautions such as social distancing, quarantining, frequent hand washing, wearing of a mask or face cloth in public, and other CDC guideline recommendations. Remember, COVID-19 is a new infection, and it is unclear if a positive antibody definitively offers immunity.

PCR Test

Negative


Continue to exercise universal precautions such as social distancing, quarantining, frequent hand washing, wearing of a mask or face cloth in public, and other CDC guideline recommendations.

 

Positive


You are recommended to self-quarantine for 10 days from onset of symptoms. After 10 days, you may return to work provided your respiratory symptoms (ie cough, runny nose) are improving AND you are fever-free for 24 hours (without using fever reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen).

 

Disclaimer: All COVID test results are sent to the DOH. The DOH may contact you and modify the above recommendations based on their findings. If so, DOH guidance will supersede the above CityMD recommendations.

Platforms Used For Testing

All Serology (Antibody) and Molecular/PCR tests are sent to our commercial lab partners.

 

For serology, our lab partners use the Abbott Architect platform or the Siemens platform, both of which have FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

 

For PCR, our national lab partners use the Roche Cobas or PANTHER Hologic platform, which also has FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

 

For Rapid Testing, we use BD Veritor and Quidell Sophia 2. Both platforms have FDA Emergency Use authorization.

 

For Spike Protein Antibody Testing, we use the Roche e411 lab platform.