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COVID-19 PCR Test and IgG Antibody Test for CCP Patients


Posted: 4/25/2020
COVID-19 PCR Test and IgG Antibody Test for CCP Patients

Community Care Physicians offers our patients two different types of COVID-19 tests: The PCR diagnostic COVID-19 Test, which determines if you currently have COVID-19 infection, and the IgG Antibody Test, may indicate if you've had COVID-19 in the past and have since developed antibodies. The COVID-19 PCR test is available by appointment only at our testing location in Latham, NY. The IgG Antibody Test is performed in CCP's offices, just like a regular lab test, for patients of the practice. 

 

COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing in Latham, NY at Community Care Physicians - to determine if you currently have COVID-19 

How to Get the Test - You must be a CCP patient to be tested and you must have an order and an appointment. If you are a CCP patient, contact your CCP doctor's office and they can determine if you need testing. Your practitioner will place an order for the test and then you can schedule your appointment to be tested at our centralized testing location in Latham, NY. Urgent Care Latham also provides COVID-19 testing at times when our mobile testing location is not open. If you are not a CCP patient,  please see the instructions below regarding Urgent Care to establish as a patient with CCP for testing. CCP collects specimens to be sent to our LabCorp and Quest partners for COVID-19 testing and also performs rapid COVID-19 testing for patients who qualify for this test (your CCP practitioner will determine this). Testing will comply with CDC guidance for priority patient testing and be based on supply availability. 

  • Testing Location - CCP's COVID-19 testing is performed at the Capital Region Health Park, 713 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, in the CDPHP Fitness Connect gym. This gym is located near the loading dock around the back of the building. The gym has an exterior, dedicated entrance. Patients should look for the purple awning that says CDPHP Fitness Connect. You do not need to enter the main Health Park. You must be a CCP patient and have an appointment to be tested. 

  • How to make an appointment and COVID-19 testing hours:
    • Once your CCP practitioner has ordered the test, you should call 518-836-3660 to schedule your appointment for COVID-19 testing. You will not be tested without an appointment. You can call Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. Patients calling for an appointment after hours will be instructed to call back the following day. You will be given an appointment date/time and further instructions. Since testing is now being performed inside the gym rather than as a drive-through, we cohort people during certain times, depending on if you are well or sick. Patients who are healthy but need to be tested, such as preoperative patients, are scheduled between the times of 7:45am and 9am Monday-Friday. We cohort symptomatic patients who need COVID-19 testing and, at your practitioner's discretion, rapid flu and strep, between the hours of 9:15am and 3:45pm Monday-Friday. We strictly adhere to this schedule to keep sick and well patients separated. This testing site has enhanced cleaning procedures between patients and at the end of each day.
       
    • Once you have scheduled your appointment, you will receive a text/email reminder for the date and time of your appointment. You will also receive instructions we ask you please follow: remain in your car and text/call once you arrive. You will be told when you can enter the gym for your test.  Bring your photo ID and wear a face covering. Visitors are limited unless the patient is a minor or requires assistance. 
       
  • Who can be tested:
    • Your CCP practitioner will determine if you need COVID-19 testing. Right now, we are testing people in CDC's priority group 3, which includes any CCP patient (any age) with symptoms and healthcare workers/first responders (with or without symptoms) if there is evidence of suspected exposure. For healthcare personnel, testing may be considered if there has been an exposure to a person with suspected COVID19 without laboratory confirmation. Because of their often extensive and close contact with vulnerable patients in healthcare setting, even mild signs and symptoms (e.g. sore throat) of COVID19 should be evaluated among potentially exposed healthcare personnel.
       
  • If you need testing and you are not currently a CCP patient - you can visit one of CCP's Urgent Care Centers as a portal of entry into our system. 
    • Anyone can walk in to be seen at one of CCP’s Urgent Care Centers which follow CCP’s infection control procedures and see patients with respiratory symptoms, in addition to offering other Urgent Care services. The Urgent Care practitioners will evaluate and care for patients and determine if any testing is required, including flu, strep, and COVID-19 testing. 

      Albany, NY Urgent Care location – 391 Myrtle Avenue, Albany, NY – Monday-Sunday, 10am-7:30pm. 

      Latham, NY Urgent Care – 711 Troy-Schenectady Road, Suite 102, Latham, NY Monday-Friday 9am-11:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-7:30pm. 

Health Care Workers (as noted above)

  • patients of CCP; please contact your practitioner and request an order for COVID-19 testing
  • not patients of CCP; please visit one of CCP's Urgent Care Centers in Latham or Albany to be seen (see below for address and hours)
    • Advise that you are a CCP HCP in need of COVID-19 testing
    • Order will be placed for testing


 

Testing for IgG Antibody to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

How to Get the Test - This test is available at CCP's locations and CCP LabCare Draw Stations just like other lab tests. You must be a CCP patient and have an order from a CCP practitioner for the test. If you are a CCP patient, contact your doctor's office and they will advise you further. If you are not a CCP patient, you can use CCP's Urgent Care Centers in Albany, NY and Latham, NY as portals of entry into our system to be tested.

What is SARS-CoV-2?

SARS-CoV-2 is the technical name for the virus that causes COVID-19.

What is an antibody?

Antibodies are proteins that the body manufactures in response to, among other things, infections. Antibodies attach to pathogens (like viruses) and help the body identify and destroy them. It takes days to weeks for the body to develop antibodies in response to an infection. Once antibodies develop they MAY make a person immune to another infection with the SAME pathogen.

What is the SARS –CoV-2 IgG Antibody test?

This test measures a particular class of antibody (IgG) directed against the COVID-19 virus. It is usually detectable 2 or more weeks after the start of the infection. The test result may be POSITIVE or NEGATIVE.

What does the test mean?

A POSITIVE test means that you have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and that your body has had time to manufacture an “anti-COVID-19” antibody. A NEGATIVE test means that there is no evidence of a prior exposure OR that your body has not had time to manufacture an “anti-COVID-19” antibody.

What DOESN'T the test mean?

The test does not mean that you are not currently infected or infectious. This test does not measure the presence of the virus. People can shed virus both before and after antibodies develop.  Directives from the Department of Health and from your physician regarding quarantine, isolation and/or return to work are not changed by the result of this test.

The test does not mean that you are immune to infection or re-infection with SARS-CoV-2. We think that people who recover from COVID-19 and who have IgG antibodies have some degree of immunity but we do not know how much or how long it may last. Regardless of the test result you must continue to follow Department of Health recommendations regarding hand washing, social distancing and masking.

To get COVID-19 antibody testing, call your CCP doctor's office to determine if you should be tested. Antibody testing is covered by some insurances. If your insurance doesn't cover the lab test, the cost to you will be $70 for the test. If you have Medicare only as an insurance (no secondary insurance and not Medicare Advantage), please talk to your doctor about options for testing. 

Patient Handout for COVID-19 IgG Antibody Testing     

Patient Waiver for COVID-19 IgG Antibody Testing     

 


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