Testing for COVID-19
We are currently offering the following COVID-19 Tests
Molecular tests look for signs of an active infection. This involves taking a sample from the back of the throat or nose with a cotton swab.
Options for this test include:
Rapid Test- Results in 15 minutes using the Abbott ID NOW machine. Appointments must be booked online as we have limited availability for this test.
Send Out Test- Specimens are sent to Lab Corp, Quest or Medscan and results are back in approx. 3-4 days. You will need to call our office for a telemed appt and your test will be provided while you wait in your car.
About the PCR molecular:
All of the above COVID testing is authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization for use by authorized laboratories and patient care settings. The PCR tests have been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens, and is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostic tests for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.
Testing for COVID-19 Rapid Test now available.
Serological Antibody Tests:
These tests detect antibodies that the body produces to fight the virus. These antibodies are present in anyone who has recovered from COVID-19. The serological test requires a blood sample taken from your finger or arm. Serological tests are particularly useful for detecting cases of past infection with mild or no symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should be tested using a molecular test.
Rapid Fingerstick Test- Result in 15 minutes. You will need to contact our office for an appointment.
Send out Test- Blood will be drawn and sent to Lab Corp or Quest and results are usually back in 3-5 days. You will need to contact our office for an appointment.
About antibody tests:
These tests are authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization.
- Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals.
- Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status.
- Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.
If you are Positive for COVID-19
If you have difficulty breathing or confusion or worsening symptoms go to the Emergency Room immediately. You will need to stay in your home for 10 days from the day you were tested. If others live at home with you, try to stay in a separate room. Do not leave your home for anything unless you are going to the Emergency Room.
It is not necessary to re-test after you have tested positive. You can remain positive for 3 months even though you are no longer contagious. You may return to work and regular activity after 10 days have passed and you have not had any fever for 24 hours (without using medication) and if your symptoms are better
Per the CDC, employers should NOT be requiring a negative test to return to work. Please refer your employer to the following website for this information.
If you have been exposed to a close contact that has tested positive for COVID-19 (close contact is someone that lives in your home or was within 6ft of you for at least 15 minutes) Someone from the Georgia Dept of Health should be contacting you If you have difficulty breathing or confusion or worsening symptoms go to the Emergency Room immediately. You must stay home for 14 days from the date of your exposure. Do not leave your home unless you are going to your doctor’s office for a test or emergency room.
Consider getting tested- you can call us at 706-935-3600 and we can set this up for you. Check your temperature twice daily and if you develop a fever get tested If you test negative but continue to have symptoms: consider retesting after 3-4 days.
Help Stop the Spread
Wash your hands frequently
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Maintain at least 6 feet of distance to others
Wear a mask in public