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 8am to 8 pm, 365 days a year. No appointment necessary - just walk in.

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

Getting Tested
  1. Walk into any Patient First from 8am to 10pm. 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.

    If your insurance plan determines that you are responsible for any portion of the charges related to COVID-19 antibody 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.
     
  • If you do not have insurance, you will be responsible for the following charges for COVID-19 evaluation and testing. If additional services are provided, additional charges may apply; please visit the Self-Pay Program section of our website for more information.

    Patients Requesting an Antibody test:
    • $129 for office visit and evaluation; and
    • Additional charges determined and billed by the reference lab for the test.


Important note: Effective March 23, 2022, the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) no longer covers the cost of COVID-19 visits and tests for patients without insurance. Prior to this date, most self-pay patients had no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 visits and testing. After this date, self-pay patients are responsible for visit charges as described above.

 

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.

For more information on appropriate steps to take if your results come back positive or negative, please click 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.