COVID-19 Antibody Testing

  • Purpose: To determine if you previously had COVID-19.
  • Who is Eligible to be Tested: Anyone can get an antibody test at Patient First as long as it has been 14 days or more from the onset of their symptoms.
  • How Do I Get a COVID-19 Antibody Test: COVID-19 Antibody Testing is available at all Patient First Centers from 8 am to 10 pm, 365 days a year. No appointment necessary - just walk in.

COVID-19 Antibody Test - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Getting Tested
What is the process for getting an Antibody Test?
  1. Walk into any Patient First from 8 am to 10 pm. Bring your insurance card and photo ID with you.
  2. You will talk with a health care provider and have a blood sample taken.
  3. The blood will be sent to a reference lab for testing.
  4. You may choose to receive your result via a text message at registration. Otherwise, you will receive your result via a phone call or a letter from the center nurse.

    Your result will also be available on the Patient First Portal and the LabCorp Patient Portal or the Quest Diagnostics Patient Portal depending on where the test specimen was sent.
  • If you have insurance, we will submit our charge for your visit and exam to your insurance plan. Your insurance plan will determine whether you are responsible for any portion of the visit charge or the laboratory charges for testing. Patient First accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

    Under the CARES Act, patients are generally not responsible for co-payments, deductibles or other cost-sharing amounts for COVID-19 viral testing and related services. However, some insurance claims for these services have come back with a remaining balance owed by the patient.

    If your insurance plan determines that you are responsible for any portion of the charges related to COVID-19 viral testing or related services, you will receive a statement from Patient First, from the lab, or from both. Patient First is required to follow the insurance plan’s determination of your responsibility. If you have received a bill from Patient First for a COVID-19 test, please click here for more information.
  • For most self-pay patients, there is no out-of-pocket cost. Patient First will submit claims for COVID-19 testing and the related office visit to the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). If HRSA covers your visit and test, we will accept reimbursement from HRSA as payment in full. If HRSA determines that you are not eligible for coverage, the charges are your responsibility and you will receive a statement from Patient First.
Who should consider getting an Antibody Test?
The COVID-19 Antibody test is for patients who are not currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, but who want to know if they have contracted COVID-19 in the past and have developed antibodies to the virus.
Test Results
A positive antibody test means it is likely you have had COVID-19 and that you have developed antibodies to the virus. However, it is not known at this time how long your body will have these antibodies or whether they actually give you partial or complete immunity to future infections from the virus.
What do I do if my COVID-19 Antibody test comes back positive? What do I do if my COVID-19 antibody test comes back negative or equivocal?
For more information on appropriate steps to take if your results come back positive or negative, please click here.
How will I receive my COVID-19 Antibody Test Result?

You will receive your result via a text message or through a phone call or letter from the center nurse. You may choose to receive the result by text message at registration.

Your result will also be available on the Patient First Portal and the LabCorp Patient Portal  or the Quest Diagnostics Patient Portal depending on where the test specimen was sent.

You can view and transmit your test result through the Patient First Patient Portal. The Patient First Patient Portal instructions, including how to view and transmit your result, can be found by clicking here.

You may also view and transmit your result via the portal of the reference lab that performed the test.  Use the LabCorp Patient Portal or the Quest Diagnostics Patient Portal as appropriate.