Antibody Testing for COVID-19
You can ask your Mountain Medical Urgent Care provider for a COVID-19 antibody test. This lab test detects antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to the COVID-19 virus. Antibodies can help fight infections. Antibodies can take several days or weeks to develop after you have an infection and may stay in your blood for several weeks or more after recovery. Because of this, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose COVID-19, but are very useful in establishing a history of infection. It is currently unknown if the presence of antibodies means that you will be immune to COVID-19 in the future.
Polymerase Chain Reaction PCR COVID-19 Testing
Mountain Medical Urgent Care can perform a PCR COVID-19 test. A PCR test detects specific genetic material unique to the COVID-19 virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A fluid sample is collected by inserting a nasal swab (nasopharyngeal swab) into your nostril and taking fluid from the back of your nose. This sample is sent overnight to a nationally accredited lab and results are available in 3-5 days — PCR tests are very accurate when properly performed by a health care professional.
Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Mountain Medical Urgent care uses the Abbott ID Now testing solution which is a state-of-the-art rapid molecular point of care testing system that provides accurate and high speed results. ID NOW is one of the most widely-available molecular point-of-care testing technologies in use in the U.S. Since its introduction in 2014, it has been used in physicians' offices and urgent care centers to rapidly detect influenzas A & B, strep A, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). When faced with the threat of novel coronavirus, Mountain Medical Urgent Care mobilized to quickly bring a new COVID-19 detection test to the fight against this deadly virus.