COVID-19 Testing Update

While evidence shows that preventive measures like handwashing and masking have helped to lower the rate, COVID-19 continues to be present in our community.  We’d like to share some statistics based on our experience in monitoring our community’s health during this pandemic.

We can perform two kinds of tests: A PCR test and an antibody test.

A COVID PCR test will tell if you have a current active case of COVID-19. It does not tell you whether or not you have previously had the virus. The diagnostic COVID PCR test has between a 97-100% accuracy rate. For our PCR tests, we use more than one company to run our samples, which allows us to get results with a faster turnaround time.

The COVID IGG antibody test will show whether you’ve recently had the virus, but it is not always available. The antibody test cannot tell whether or not you will have future immunity or if you have an active case of COVID-19.

What have the results shown?

Pathnostics results- We have completed a total of 524 Pathnostics COVID PCR tests, of which 2 were inconclusive. Out of the 522 specimens completed 42 were positive. Out of the 42 positives, 20 of the patients reported symptoms.

Quest Diagnostics results- We have completed a total of 1600 Quest COVID PCR tests, of which 2 are pending. Out of the 1598 specimens completed, 91 were positive.

That brings our total positive rate for COVID PCR testing to 6.3%

We have completed a total of 867 Quest Antibody tests, of which 6 are pending. Out of the 861 tests completed 36 were positive.

That brings our total positive rate for COVID antibody testing to 4.3%.

Getting results takes time

It is currently taking 2-3 days to get results from a PCR COVID-19 test, and 2 days for a COVID IGG test. If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, we strongly encourage you to self-isolate until you receive your results. Remember that the incubation period for COVID-19 is 2-14 days.

Is my COVID-19 test covered by insurance?

If your provider orders either the PCR or the antibody test, the law states that both the test and the office visit should be covered. However, your insurance company may not cover tests for the purpose of employment, school activities, tracking or travel. Please check with your benefits provider to clarify your coverage.

Help end the pandemic

Please do your best to stay at home when possible, wear a mask in public and wash your hands frequently. The more of us who do these things, the faster we can return to normal.

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Masks are required in our clinics and we recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

We will not be writing letters for masks or vaccine exemptions. Thank you for understanding.

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