Now Available at Select ChoiceOne Urgent Care Centers
The patient experience within our centers focuses on safety and comfort. Patients with any potential COVID-19 related symptoms are taken to a private suite. Mandatory masking and social distancing measures are strictly followed.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody, also called serology, testing, for people without any COVID symptoms, as well as virus testing for people with COVID symptoms testing is being offered at provider discretion to patients 12 months old and older at all centers.
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While information regarding the full spectrum of illness associated with COVID-19 remains limited, it likely spreads to others by respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
About the Antibody Test
- ChoiceOne is offering a COVID-19 antibody test, also known as serology testing. It checks for different antibodies that are created by a patient’s immune system in response to COVID-19.
- This type of COVID-19 test is for individuals who think they may have had COVID-19 symptoms at least 10 days ago (Cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills/ body aches, loss of smell or taste, headache, sore throat, feeling weak or lethargic, lightheadedness or dizziness) or were directly exposed to COVID-19 at least 10 days ago.
- Patients eligible for antibody testing must currently be without symptoms and free of fever for at least 3 days.
- A positive antibody test confirms that you were exposed to COVID-19 and that your body has developed antibodies against it.
- The antibody test does not confirm active COVID-19 infection.
- A positive antibody test has not been proven to provide immunity against COVID-19 or prevent being re-infected with COVID-19.
- It has not yet been determined how long antibodies remain present in the blood. They may last weeks or years. Scientific investigations are underway to learn more.
- It is important that you keep a record of your test results.
About the Symptomatic Test
- ChoiceOne offers a COVID-19 viral swab test, at provider discretion, to patients experiencing active symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills/ body aches, loss of smell or taste, headache, sore throat, feeling weak or lethargic, lightheadedness or dizziness. This type of COVID-19 test uses PCR technology to detect active infection when the virus is present.
Should I be tested?
You should consider being tested if:
- You have symptoms related to COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing)
- You live in/recently traveled to a place where transmission of COVID-19 is known
- You have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19
What are the potential risks and benefits of being tested?
Potential benefits include:
- Helping your health care provider make informed recommendations about your care
- Limiting the spread of COVID-19 to your family and others in your community
Potential risks include:
- Possible discomfort or other complications during sample collection
Where will you be able to review your test result?
You will be able to review your test result via MyQuest. A copy of the account set up instructions should have been given to you a discharge. If not, or you no longer have these instructions, click here.
If you haven’t received your results or have a question about them, please call the center where you were tested. For a list of our locations and their contact information, click here.
What does it mean if I have a positive test result?
A positive test result means it is very likely that you have COVID-19. In this case, your health care provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your medical history, recent travel history, current symptoms and possible exposures. You may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others.
What does it mean if I have a negative test result?
A negative test result means that you likely do not have COVID-19. It does not, however, preclude a SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Given the nature of the virus it is still recommended that you continue to practice good social distancing and infection prevention measures, like wearing a mask outside the home and washing our hands frequently.
Is it possible the test could yield inaccurate results?
Yes, there is a very small chance that this test could yield an inaccurate result. If the amount of virus obtained from the sample is too low to detect, your test may result in a negative finding. For example, your test comes back negative but you are still presenting symptoms related to COVID-19, your health care provider will consider the test result combined with clinical observation, patient history (symptoms, possible exposures, recent travel history), and epidemiological information in deciding how best to care for you. It is important that you work with your health care provider to understand next steps, regardless of the result.
Is this test FDA-approved?
The tests provided at ChoiceOne was made available under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) process. This EUA will remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 declaration justifying emergency unless otherwise terminated or revoked.
Questions? For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit www.CDC.gov/COVID19.
Centers offering testing:
Open 7 days a week, verify hours by location.