Coronavirus Antibody Test Available In Delaware County

Laveta Brigham

DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — An urgent care center in Delaware County is now offering walk-in coronavirus antibody testing. Patient First is offering the testing at all of its Medical Centers, including the Delaware County location, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Delco’s Patient First is located […]

DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — An urgent care center in Delaware County is now offering walk-in coronavirus antibody testing.

Patient First is offering the testing at all of its Medical Centers, including the Delaware County location, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Delco’s Patient First is located at 417 Baltimore Pike in Springfield.

The antibody test is used to determine if someone previously had COVID-19 and not to diagnose an active infection.

Antibody testing is for patients who believe they may have previously had the virus, who are not experiencing symptoms, and who are at least 5 years old.

Patient First recommends being tested at least 14 days after onset of symptoms, or 14 days after possible exposure, as it may take as long as two weeks for antibodies to develop.

The antibody test used at Patient First tests to see if the blood has antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Antibodies may be found in the blood when the body is responding or has responded to an infection, such as COVID-19.

Antibodies may give full or partial immunity to the virus to which they develop. However, it is not known at this time how long the body will have antibodies or whether they actually give immunity to future infections from this virus.

Blood samples are sent to a third-party reference lab for antibody testing.

Results will generally be available in about two to five days. Patients who agree to do so will receive their result via text message.

Otherwise, patients will be contacted by phone about the result.

For most patients, there is no out-of-pocket expense for antibody testing.

For insured patients, the visit will be submitted to patients’ insurance plans. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. The lab will determine what, if anything, it bills the patient.

For those with symptoms of the coronavirus, or who wish to determine if they have an active infection, Patient First also offers drive-up coronavirus testing at designated centers, by appointment.

Appointments for testing are made by calling a select designated testing center. Updates about testing sites, instructions about how to make an appointment, and other information is available online here.

This article originally appeared on the Marple Newtown Patch

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