Information on COVID-19 Testing in El Cajon, CA
We are now offering COVID-19 Antibody Serology Testing for evaluation of immunity and also Nasal Swab Testing for detection of active phase of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Antibody Serology Test is offered at a self-pay price of $90.
We are not offering antibody testing for insured patients. Please contact your insurance for more information.
COVID-19 Testing for First Responders
If you work for the Fire Department, Police Department, Hospital, or an EMT please send us a text message or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As a first responder, we understand the urgency of getting tested and we will prioritize the testing for you.
COVID-19 Testing for Employees
East County Urgent Care offers COVID-19 screening and test. If you want to have your employees screened and tested at the place of your business or at our clinic, please send us a text message or email email@example.com.
COVID-19 Antibody Serology Testing
East County Urgent Care is now offering FDA-authorized COVID-19 antibody test. The antibody testing identifies patients who have been exposed to or recovered from COVID-19. The test detects antibodies produced in the blood and indicates those who may have been exposed or recovered from the coronavirus. For the most effective results, the antibody testing must be conducted a minimum of 10 days after infection or exposure. This helps ensure sensitivity and produces more accurate results. Results are received within 2 days after testing and we notify patients on their results and recommended next steps.
We are following all public health guidelines for sanitizing our clinic.
All visitors must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth and nose, at all times while at the clinic.
COVID-19 Testing Process
1- Walk-in or book a telemedicine visit online. Mention COVID test for the reason of visit.
2- Our medical team will perform initial screening.
3- If you are eligible for antibody test, we will take your blood sample and send you the results within 2 days.
4- If you need to be seen by our medical provider and or need a swab test, we will explain the next steps.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need an appointment for antibody testing?
No appointment is necessary, one of our medical team will screen you first. Walk-in or book a telemedicine visit online. Mention COVID test for the reason of visit.
What is COVID-19 Antibody test?
COVID-19 Antibody test is a type of serological test. Serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 are intended for individuals who may have had COVID-19 symptoms but are no longer symptomatic. The tests determine the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and can help to identify individuals who have been exposed to the virus.
Serological tests use serum in blood samples from individuals who are being evaluated for SARS-CoV-2 infection or have been exposed to the virus.
A positive serologic result indicates that an individual has likely produced an immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A negative serologic result indicates that an individual has not developed detectable antibodies at the time of testing. While contingent on a variety of factors, this could be due to testing too early in the course of COVID-19, the absence of exposure to the virus, or the lack of an adequate immune response, which can be due to conditions or treatments that suppress immune function.
Confirmation of infection with SARS-CoV-2 will be made through a combination of clinical evaluation and other applicable tests. Decisions about ongoing monitoring, treatment or return to normal activities for patients being treated for suspected infection with SARS-CoV-2 should also be made in accordance with guidance from public health authorities.
These tests have not been reviewed by the FDA but are being offered in accordance with the public health emergency guidance issued by the FDA.
In summary, positive IgG test indicates that the person has been exposed to the virus and developed antibodies against it, which may mean that person has at least some immunity to the coronavirus. The antibody test is more about surveillance monitoring and possible immunity.
Who can get antibody tests?
Patients interested in receiving an antibody test should be symptom-free for a minimum of 10 days or have never experienced any COVID-19 related symptoms at all.
Do I need a prescription or office visit for antibody testing?
Yes, if you have insurance. Cash patients do not need an office visit. If you have a prescription from your Primary Care Physician, you need to go to a LabCorp or Quest draw station.
Does Antibody test determine if I currently have COVID-19?
No. Swab test is the gold standard to determine if a patient is in active phase.
How much is an antibody test?
The Serology test is offered at a self-pay price of $90.
What should I expect when getting antibody test?
You need to fill a registration form and our medical staff will screen you. They will check your temperature and ask you a few questions. You must have a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Then, your blood will be drawn for the test.
What if I have symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose?
Our medical provider will see you first and let you know if you need to be tested. The nasal swab is the gold standard for diagnosing a COVID-19.
How long will it take to get the results?
2-3 days. We will contact you and inform you with the results.
What if the test results are negative?
A negative test result means that the antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample. However, it is possible for the test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with prior COVID-19. A negative result may occur if you are tested early in your illness and your body hasn’t had time to produce antibodies to the infection. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. If this is the case, our healthcare provider will consider the test results together with all other aspects of your medical history in deciding how to care for you.
What if the test results are positive?
If you have a positive test result, it is likely that you have previously had COVID-19 and that you have developed an antibody response to the virus. Our healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results along with other factors of your medical history. There is also the chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive).
Does a positive IgG mean I am immune?
No, there is no evidence yet that this test means you are immune and will not get the virus.
Is antibody testing right for me if I have symptoms?
If you have symptoms a nasal swab is the most definitive testing for active COVID-19.
For more information visit CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html