Your Test Results
Have you gotten a COVID-19 nasal swab or antibody test but aren’t sure what the results mean? Click on the following buttons to learn more about your test results:
Types Of Tests
Not sure what test you need. The Nasal Swab test will determine if you have an active infection, while the Antibody test checks if you’ve been exposed or infected in the past. All of our tests are FDA-authorized with 99% accuracy. Learn more about them below:
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF COVID TESTING YOU OFFER?
We are currently offering 2 types of tests:
Antibodies are proteins that help your body fight off infections and usually provide protection against getting that disease again hence developing an immunity. Antibodies are specific to a particular disease. For example, a measles antibody will protect a person who is exposed again to measles but will not offer protection of any kind if the person is exposed to mumps.
COVID-19 LAB BASED ANTIBODY TESTING INFORMATION:
For our most accurate Antibody test, which is sent to Quest, we send a single vial of blood to the lab. We often recommend patients go directly to Quest for the blood draw after their consultation with a Valley Urgent Care Medical Provider, who will order the test. Our clinic is currently experiencing a very high volume of calls and patient visits, so going directly to Quest could save you time. This is only for Antibody testing. All Nasal Swab PCR Tests must be done at our clinic. Due to the time it takes to transport blood back and forth from our satellite clinics, your result will be available within 24-48 hours. You will receive a call notifying you of your test results and any further instructions, so please make sure we have an accurate telephone number for you on file before leaving the clinic.
IS ANTIBODY TESTING RIGHT FOR ME IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS?
CAN I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR COVID TESTING?
We do not take appointments in advance for Covid-19 Testing. We provide testing on a Walk-In basis. We are open at 9 am Monday thru Friday and Sunday 12 pm. Please call in advance so we can assist you with registering online.
CAN I BE SEEN AS A WALK-IN AND WHAT ARE YOUR WALK-IN HOURS?
Our clinic is open from 9 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. We are closed on Saturday. We see patients on a first-come-first-serve basis.
HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO WAIT AFTER YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 BEFORE BEING TESTED?
You should be tested immediately if you start experiencing any symptoms. We recommend waiting 3-5 days after exposure to do a PCR nasal swab test and at least 14 days before being tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET COVID-19 PCR TEST RESULTS?
As of April 1 2021, the turnaround time for results is Next Day. You can call our staff to get updated turnaround times.
MY PROVIDER TOLD ME THAT MY ANTIBODY TEST WAS NEGATIVE, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Patients tested early after infection may not have detectable IgM antibody despite active infection; in addition, not all patients will develop a detectable IgM and/or IgG response to SARS-CoV-2 infection. The absolute sensitivity of the qSARS-CoV-2 IgG/IgM Rapid test is unknown.
*Negative IgM – IgM is usually the first antibody produced by the immune system when a virus attacks. A positive IgM test indicates that you may have been infected and that your immune system has started responding to the virus. When IgM is detected you may still be infected, or you may have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection. If you have a negative IgM antibody test but start to develop symptoms, it is recommended that you return to the clinic for a nasal swab test, as this the most accurate way of diagnosing COVID.
*Negative IgG – IgG antibodies develop in most patients within seven to 10 days after symptoms of COVID-19 begin. IgG antibodies remain in the blood after an infection has passed. These antibodies indicate that you may have had COVID-19 in the past and have developed antibodies that may protect you from future infection. It is unknown at this point how much protection antibodies might provide against reinfection, so it is recommended that you follow all social distancing guidelines and where a mask when in close contact with people.
MY PROVIDER TOLD ME THAT MY NASAL SWAB TEST WAS NEGATIVE, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
A negative PCR nasal swab result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not detected in your sample. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms usually means that COVID-19 did not cause your recent illness. This test result is merely a snapshot of the time in which you were swabbed. If you had additional COVID exposures or have developed symptoms after the date your swab was collected, it is recommended that you return to the clinic for repeat testing.
IF MY EMPLOYER SAYS I NEED TO HAVE THE NASAL SWAB TO RETURN TO WORK, DO YOU OFFER THIS TEST?
WHAT IS DOCTORNOW DOING WITHIN THE CLINIC TO MAKE FOR A SAFE ENVIRONMENT WHEN I COME IN?
- We have set up a screening station for patients outside of the office in order to limit any exposure to our staff and other patients, in the event someone is showing signs of active Covid-19 infection.