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COVID-19 Antibody Testing at AFC Urgent Care New Britain, CT

AFC Urgent Care New Britain now offers COVID-19 antibody testing for asymptomatic patients via a blood draw. The test is able to detect antibodies in the sample which signifies a past infection with coronavirus. Appointments are not required, but please wear a mask when visiting our center for antibody testing. Right now we are seeing results between 4-7 business days after testing, depending on lab capacity or any unforeseen circumstances.

Can I be tested for coronavirus antibodies?

Antibody tests can help patients determine if they have a limited immunity to COVID-19. You are eligible to be tested for coronavirus antibodies if one or more of the following scenarios pertains to you:

  • If the body is fighting off infection and there are no symptoms (Symptoms include dry cough, fever, body aches and congestion.)
  • if there is a greater-than-expected risk of COVID-19 cases within a community.
  • If you have been asymptomatic for at least two weeks

At the individual level, patients can walk-in to get tested with no appointment necessary at our AFC Urgent Care center in New Britain, CT.

I’ve heard there are different types of antibody tests. Which one does AFC Urgent Care New Britain perform?      

At AFC Urgent Care New Britain, we perform the specific and accurate ELISA based serology antibody test.This is more sophisticated and is performed in a complex laboratory, called ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay). This test is highly specific and accurate for COVID-19. It is performed by obtaining blood in a vial and sending to a high complexity laboratory to perform. 

The second type of serology test is a Cartridge based Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG which is performed by obtaining a blood sample with a finger stick and it generates results within 15-20 minutes. However, the majority of currently available Rapid Cartridge based tests are not very specific and accurate to COVID-19. 

When should you get the Serology IgG Antibody test?

Antibodies most commonly become detectable 1-3 weeks after symptoms onset. It is reasonable to conduct an IgG antibody test after 14 days of being symptom free because most people will develop an IgG response in that timeframe. If you believe you’ve had it in the past or have been exposed to someone who has it in the past 14 days you can get tested at AFC Urgent Care New Britain. 

*If there is evidence that a patient may have active disease, we will do a Nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 PCR testing.

When should you get the Serology Antibody test?

The CDC recommends getting tested for antibodies 9-14 days after illness onset. It is reasonable to conduct an IgG antibody test because most people will develop an IgG response in that timeframe. 

*If there is evidence that a patient may have active disease, we will do a Nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 PCR testing. 

Differences between antibody testing and diagnostic testing

Diagnostic testing is performed with a nasal swab, which is able to detect the active COVID-19 virus. This test is typically performed on symptomatic patients. Antibody testing is performed through a blood draw and detects past infection.

The antibody serology test detects the presence of a specific antibody against Coronavirus. It is administered by drawing blood once you meet the criteria and blood is sent to a highly sophisticated lab to perform this test. Presence of IgG antibody indicates a previous COVID-19 exposure. 

The process includes a detailed history of the patient and a medical evaluation by a health care provider to decide which type of test is needed. Some patients may need either COVID-19 PCR or Serology IgG and others may require both. 

What do my results mean?

A positive antibody test indicates exposure to coronavirus and development of an immune response. Currently, research is being performed to determine whether the presence of antibodies means that a patient has an immunity or protection against further infection. For the latest updates on how antibodies are being tested, visit the CDC website.

People who receive positive results on an antibody test and who are currently or recently sick or have been around someone with COVID-19 should follow CDC recommendations on caring for themselves and protecting others

If you test positive, but don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 or have not been around someone who may have COVID-19 are not likely to have a current infection. You may then continue with normal activities, including work, but still take steps to protect yourself and others.

Negative results indicate no exposure to COVID-19. However, you may have been infected too recently for antibodies to develop.

You must continue to comply by local health and safety guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on practices followed in Connecticut, please visit the state department website.

Why you should get the Antibody test at AFC Urgent Care New Britain

AFC’s lab partner has developed a comprehensive proprietary COVID-19 Diagnostic test for both the PCR Molecular testing and the Serology Antibody test that has obtained FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization in the state of Connecticut. As your number one local urgent care, AFC Urgent Care New Britain plays a huge role in testing friends and families in the New Britain community.  

Although there isn’t a vaccine yet, getting tested at AFC Urgent Care New Britain is the first step to keep Connecticut COVID-19 free and to help resume day to day activities in the future. Getting tested provides a timeline for safe returns to the workplace, schools, and public places in our New Britain community. 

You can walk-in to our New Britain AFC Urgent Care for COVID-19 testing at 135 East Main St. New Britain, CT.

The Antibody test is free to residents with or without insurance. Check with your insurance provider as some may require a copayment. Please bring a valid ID when coming to our center.

Get tested at AFC Urgent Care New Britain today!