Understanding Your PCR (Nasal Swab) Test Results

All PCR testing is performed by one of our commercial lab partners. The testing platforms used are Roche Cobus or Hologic Panther, both with Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Both platforms search for 2 targets; target 1 that is specific to SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus causing COVID-19) and target 2 for general Corona Viruses (including but not limited to SARS-CoV-2).

 

Positive Results: You have tested positive for Sars-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. Either target 1 alone or both targets 1 and 2 were detected (our lab partners do not specifically call out if you tested positive for target 1 alone or target 1 and 2 as it is not relevant, either scenario is positive). You are likely actively contagious and should home quarantine (sleep alone in bed, if possible use your own bathroom, wipe down surfaces, and wear a mask when in the same room as others). Please note, a small percentage of patients with active infection may be completely asymptomatic. CityMD recommends the CDC's most up to date return to work recommendation of the rule of 10/3. If you did not have symptoms at the time of your PCR nasal swab, you may return to work in 10 days (provided you do not have a fever 3 days prior to return to work). If you are asymptomatic and test positive, you are still likely contagious to others. A positive PCR test does not yield any information about potential immunity. Please be re-evaluated immediately for worsening symptoms such as shortness of breath or lightheadedness.

 

Negative Results: With a high likelihood, the results state you were not infected with Sars-CoV-2 at the time of testing. Neither target 1 or target 2 were detected. We recommend following quarantine recommendations and universal precautions (hand washing, social distancing, and when appropriate PPE such as masks and gloves). This test does not give information about past infections or future immunity.

 

Inconclusive Results (Presumptive Positive) or Presumed Positive: Inconclusive/Presumptive Positive or Presumed Positive means target 1 was not detected but target 2 was detected. It is presumed if you had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and test positive for target 2, you have COVID-19. You are likely actively contagious and should home quarantine (sleep alone in bed, if possible use your own bathroom, wipe down surfaces, and wear a mask when in the same room as others). Please note, a small percentage of patients with active infection may be completely asymptomatic. CityMD recommends the CDC's most up to date return to work recommendation of the rule of 10/3. If you did not have symptoms at the time of your PCR nasal swab, you may return to work in 10 days (provided you do not have a fever 3 days prior to return to work). A positive PCR test does not yield any information about potential immunity. Please be re-evaluated immediately for worsening symptoms such as shortness of breath or lightheadedness.

 

Sunrise Labs will report your test as: 

 

Quest Labs will report your test as:

 

If you have any questions or need to discuss your results further, please call Aftercare at 844-824-8963 Extension 8120. We apologize as we are currently experiencing high call volumes to our Aftercare Department. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.