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COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing information

CityMD currently offers three forms of COVID-19 testing at all of our locations.

The three types of COVID-19 tests.

Rapid Test

This test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus. Administered via a nasal swab.

PCR Test

This test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus. Administered via a nasal swab.

Antibody Test

We offer the Serum Antibody IgG Test and the Spike Protein Antibody Test, which will detect if your body has built up antibodies for the COVID-19 virus.

Questions and answers about COVID-19 testing.

Find answers here to some of the most common questions patients have about COVID-19 testing. 

  • Rapid and PCR Tests (Nasal Swab)
    Detects if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus.

    The Serum Antibody IgG Test (Blood Test)
    Detects if you have had prior exposure to COVID-19 or a COVID-19 infection and your body has built up antibodies for the virus. For most viral illnesses, a positive antibody test 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 test result offers immunity. CityMD recommends universal precautions (handwashing, social distancing, and masks when appropriate).

    The Spike Protein Antibody Test (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. 

  • Results for Rapid Test
    You can expect to receive your results within 2 hours of your visit. Your results will be provided via email and come from noreply@citymd.net. If you do not receive an email in your inbox, please be sure to check your spam or junk folder.

    Results for PCR Test
    Current turnaround time is averaging 2-3 days to receive your COVID-19 PCR Test (Nasal Swab) results. Your results can be viewed via your My Summit Health app account. You can learn more and download the My Summit Health app here. Please note: When you create your account, you’ll need to establish a new login and password and won’t be able to use your existing Summit Health or CityMD patient portal login credentials.

    Parents or guardians of patients under age 18: Rapid COVID-19 test results will be emailed to you. All other lab results, including COVID-19 PCR Test (Nasal Swab) results, can be found in your Patient Portal, within the “Results” section of the “My health” tab.

    Results for Serum Antibody IgG and Spike Protein Antibody Tests
    Please allow 3-5 days to receive your results. Your results can be viewed via your My Summit Health app account. You can learn more and download the My Summit Health app here. Please note: When you create your account, you’ll need to establish a new login and password and won’t be able to use your existing Summit Health or CityMD patient portal login credentials.

    Links on how to understand your COVID-19 test results:

    PCR Test Results

    PCR Test Results (en español)

    Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test) Results

    Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test) Results (en español)

    Spike Protein Antibody (Blood Test) Results

  • Prior to visiting CityMD for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing (whether for clearance, travel, or work), we recommend contacting your insurance provider ahead of your appointment to confirm they will cover the cost of your visit and testing. CityMD will submit a bill to your insurance company; however, 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 claims to the Government-sponsored agency. Please note that evaluation by a provider is required for all patients requesting a COVID-19 test.

  • Rapid Test

    Negative

    Asymptomatic: Continue to exercise universal precautions, such as social distancing, quarantining, frequent handwashing, 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: It is recommended that you 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 such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen).

    Symptomatic: It is recommended that you self-quarantine for 10 days from onset of symptoms. After 10 days, you may return to work, provided your respiratory symptoms (i.e., cough or runny nose) are improving AND you are fever-free for 24 hours (without using fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen).

     

    Serum Antibody IgG and Spike Protein Antibody Tests

    Regardless of your results, you should continue to exercise universal precautions, such as social distancing, quarantining, frequent handwashing, 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 test result definitively offers immunity.

     

    PCR Test

    Negative

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

    Positive

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

  • 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 Quidel Sofia 2. Both platforms have FDA Emergency Use Authorization. 

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

  • Upon result of a positive COVID-19 test, our providers can prescribe anti-viral medications when appropriate.

    Anti-viral medication treatment options:

    • Paxlovid - Can be prescribed for adults and children over 12 who meet clinical criteria.  
    • Molnupiravir - Can be prescribed for adults only who meet clinical criteria.
  • Yes, virtual COVID-19 treatment is available with proof of a positive COVID-19 test.

  • Download the My Summit Health app on your iOS or Android device for immediate access to a licensed medical provider 24/7 on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop/computer. Click here to learn more and download.

    Please note - You must present a current, positive COVID-19 test result to be treated virtually.

Disclaimer: All COVID-19 test results are sent to the Department of Health (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.
 

Last Updated 5/4/2022

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