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What is Antibody Testing?

An antibody test, also known as a serology test, is a blood test designed to detect certain types of proteins (antibodies) that are made by the body in response to infection from foreign pathogens. A CoVID-19 antibody test is used to detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 that may be present following previous exposure to or infection with, the virus that causes CoVID-19.
Antibodies are proteins produced by the body as part of the immune system response to a pathogen or foreign substance. There are five classes of antibodies but with respect to the antibody-mediated immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the IgM and IgG classes are most important.
Antibodies are typically produced 1-3 weeks after infection or exposure to the pathogen, with IgM antibodies being the first to appear followed by IgG antibodies. IgG antibody producing B-cells are responsible for the immune system’s immunological memory, among other critical functions. Antibodies circulate in blood and other tissue where, through several complex biological processes, they “attack” pathogens or toxins for which they are specifically targeted to recognize. By way of immunological memory, antibody producing cells may also help to protect and provide immunity from future infections with the same pathogen.

**Please note, this test will not tell you if are currently infected with the virus. We do offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing at all of our testing locations.

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It begins with a simple check-process. Then, you will take your test with a certified phlebotomist inside our clinic. We have multiple locations you can choose from!



Results Within 1-2 Business Days


Results are released within 1-2 business days after your sample reaches the lab.  Tests completed Friday will not receive results until Monday. Please allow an extra 24hrs for Spokane, Everett, and Tacoma.



Why Should I Take This Test?

In Washington state, more and more places and businesses are resuming activities and lifting restrictions. With potential for a rise in cases, antibody testing may help aid in making informed decisions for you and your family. While the results of antibody testing do not guarantee the absence of active virus or future immunity, you may consider antibody testing for your own peace of mind as you make decisions regarding:

Returning to work
Attending family gatherings
Participating in social gatherings
Resuming group activities
Traveling and visiting others

Testing Locations


Renton Clinic

801 SW 16th St,
Suite 121
Renton, WA 98057
Monday – Friday
9AM – 2:30PM



Bellevue Clinic

1260 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Monday – Friday
8AM – 11:30AM

Everett Clinic

3305 Nassau St.
Everett, WA 98201
Monday – Thursday
9:00AM – 2:30PM

Atlas – Seattle

Atlas Genomics
1527 13th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Monday – Friday
12:30PM – 3:30PM


Frequently Asked Questions

Antibody Testing: Getting Tested

  • What is a COVID-19 Antibody Test?
  • What is the difference between antibody testing & molecular testing?
  • What are antibodies and what is their purpose?
  • What is the methodology behind Atlas’ CoVID-19 antibody test?
  • What is the process for getting a COVID-19 antibody test at Atlas Genomics?
  • Who should take a COVID-19 antibody test?
  • Who does/does not qualify for an antibody test?
  • What items do I need to take to the appointment?
  • Are there special requirements for collecting blood for the testing from minors?
  • Do I need a doctor’s order to get a lab test performed?
  • Is this a test I can take at home?
  • What are the known potential risks?
  • I think I had COVID-19 and want to be a plasma donor or participate in a clinical trial, should I get this antibody test?
  • I have symptoms that I think might be COVID-19. Should I get this test?
  • Can antibody testing be used to help determine who is “safe“ to return to work?
  • Can antibody testing be used to help determine who is “safe“ to return to work?
What is a COVID-19 Antibody Test?

An antibody test, also known as a serology test, is a blood test designed to detect certain types of proteins (antibodies) that are made by the body in response to infection from foreign pathogens.  A CoVID-19 antibody test is used to detect antibodies to SARs-CoV-2 that may be present following previous exposure to or infection with, the virus that causes CoVID-19.

What is the difference between antibody testing & molecular testing?

Molecular-based testing methods for CoVID-19 are used to diagnose active or current infection with SARS-CoV-2 and typically require a nasal swab for testing. Serology testing methods for CoVID-19 are used to detect the presence of antibodies produced by the body in response to a previous infection or exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  Serology testing requires a blood specimen (plasma or serum).

What are antibodies and what is their purpose?

Antibodies are proteins produced by the body as part of the immune system response to a pathogen or foreign substance. There are five classes of antibodies but with respect to the antibody-mediated immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the IgM and IgG classes are most important.

What is the methodology behind Atlas’ CoVID-19 antibody test?

The antibody assay performed at Atlas Genomics is a two-step enzyme linked immunoassay (ELISA). A blood (serum or plasma) sample is added to a reaction vessel with various reagents and magnetic particles coated with proteins specific for receptors on the membrane of SARS-CoV-2.  After incubation in the reaction vessel, the proteins that are bound to the particles are held in a magnetic field while unbound materials are washed away. Another reagent (“tagged” secondary antibody) designed to target the captured antibodies and bind to them is added and all unbound proteins and materials are again washed away. A final substrate is added to the assay causing a chemical reaction with the bound particles and the light emitted by this reaction is measured with a luminometer. The amount of light production correlates with the amount of specific antibody present within the blood sample of the individual.

What is the process for getting a COVID-19 antibody test at Atlas Genomics?

Atlas offers antibody testing through an order from your healthcare provider or by registration and ordering of the test by you, directly through the patient portal.  After your account has been registered online via the patient portal, you may schedule collection of your blood sample at one of our collection sites located throughout the Puget Sound.  Your sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis and you may track the progress of your sample through the online portal.  When your results are released they may be accessed through your online patient account as well.

Who should take a COVID-19 antibody test?

There are no restrictions on who may receive antibody testing.  Currently, antibody testing is not recommended to be used in medical management of individuals or to determine the necessity for safety precautions such as social distancing and the use of PPE or face coverings. Antibody testing may, however, be useful in better understanding the modes of transmission within the community and the mechanisms of the immune response induced by infection or exposure.  In addition, results from serology testing may lend vital information to the development of vaccines and therapeutics.

Who does/does not qualify for an antibody test?

While there are no specific qualifications for antibody testing, antibody testing may be indicated if you had a confirmed case of the disease and have since recovered, were exposed to CoVID-19 more than 14 days ago, or were previously experiencing symptoms but never received diagnostic testing.

Antibody testing is not recommended if you are currently experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headache, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.  You should contact your healthcare provider or seek emergency medical care immediately if you are concerned you may be infected with CoVID-19.

What items do I need to take to the appointment?

Please wear an appropriate face covering and bring a valid form of government-issued photo ID to your appointment.

Are there special requirements for collecting blood for the testing from minors?

Although Atlas offers both tests without an order from your healthcare provider, it is recommended that anyone experiencing symptoms or concerned about exposure to CoVID-19, consult their healthcare provider for questions regarding care and/or testing.

Do I need a doctor’s order to get a lab test performed?

You do not need a physician’s order to obtain antibody testing for CoVID-19 in Washington State.  However, you will be required to pay for the testing yourself at the time of scheduling as Atlas Genomics does not bill your insurance for testing that is not ordered by a healthcare provider.

Is this a test I can take at home?

No, the antibody test requires collection of a blood sample by a licensed phlebotomist or other qualified healthcare provider.

What are the known potential risks?

As with any test requiring blood collection, it’s possible that you may experience mild discomfort or other minor complications as a result of the venipuncture procedure.

Due to the nature of serology tests and the specificity of certain antibodies, there are no tests that are 100% accurate.  The chance of receiving a false positive result should be considered, especially when an individual lives in a community or geographical location with low CoVID-19 prevalence rates.

For more information regarding the use of antibody testing, see the CDC’s recommendations here.

I think I had COVID-19 and want to be a plasma donor or participate in a clinical trial, should I get this antibody test?

This test is not authorized for use in the screening of donated blood.  You should contact your healthcare provider or trial sponsor for testing requirements.  More information regarding the FDA’s Recommendations for Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma can be found here.

I have symptoms that I think might be COVID-19. Should I get this test?

If you are currently experiencing symptoms associated with CoVID-19 you should contact your healthcare provider to determine your need for care and/or testing.

The molecular-based PCR test performed at Atlas may be appropriate for individuals currently experiencing symptoms of CoVID-19 as it is used to directly detect SARS-CoV-2 RNA indicative of an active infection.  The antibody test is designed to detect evidence of past infection or exposure to the virus.

Can antibody testing be used to help determine who is “safe“ to return to work?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that antibody testing should NOT be used in determining who may be safe to return for work.

The CDC’s guidance also advises that antibody test results should not be used by schools, dormitories, community living facilities, and correctional facilities, to group individuals together.

Can antibody testing be used to help determine who is “safe“ to return to work?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that antibody testing should NOT be used in determining who may be safe to return for work.

The CDC’s guidance also advises that antibody test results should not be used by schools, dormitories, community living facilities, and correctional facilities, to group individuals together.

Antibody Testing: My Appointment

  • What items do I need to take to the appointment?
  • Are there special requirements for collecting blood for the testing from minors?
  • Do I need a doctor’s order to get a lab test performed?
  • Is this a test I can take at home?
  • What are the known potential risks?
What items do I need to take to the appointment?

Please wear an appropriate face covering and bring a valid form of government-issued photo ID to your appointment.

Are there special requirements for collecting blood for the testing from minors?

Although Atlas offers both tests without an order from your healthcare provider, it is recommended that anyone experiencing symptoms or concerned about exposure to CoVID-19, consult their healthcare provider for questions regarding care and/or testing.

Do I need a doctor’s order to get a lab test performed?

You do not need a physician’s order to obtain antibody testing for CoVID-19 in Washington State.  However, you will be required to pay for the testing yourself at the time of scheduling as Atlas Genomics does not bill your insurance for testing that is not ordered by a healthcare provider.

Is this a test I can take at home?

No, the antibody test requires collection of a blood sample by a licensed phlebotomist or other qualified healthcare provider.

What are the known potential risks?

As with any test requiring blood collection, it’s possible that you may experience mild discomfort or other minor complications as a result of the venipuncture procedure.

Due to the nature of serology tests and the specificity of certain antibodies, there are no tests that are 100% accurate.  The chance of receiving a false positive result should be considered, especially when an individual lives in a community or geographical location with low CoVID-19 prevalence rates.

For more information regarding the use of antibody testing, see the CDC’s recommendations here.


Safety

  • Is this test FDA-approved or cleared?
  • Does FDA require test providers to give any disclaimers for this test?
  • What safety precautions are you taking to ensure the safety of patients?
  • Is social distancing needed if I have antibodies?
Is this test FDA-approved or cleared?

Under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization, the CoVID-19 antibody assay offered by Atlas Genomics is authorized for use at clinical laboratories qualified to perform moderate and high-complexity testing.

Does FDA require test providers to give any disclaimers for this test?

All recommended or required disclaimers regarding authorization for use and limitations of the test are provided to the recipient and the healthcare provider (when applicable), in the result report and accompanying Fact Sheets provided by the test kit manufacturer.

What safety precautions are you taking to ensure the safety of patients?

All collection site personnel will adhere to CDC recommended social distancing and hygiene practices and wear appropriate CDC recommended personal protective equipment (PPE), at all times during the blood collection process and during interactions with patients.

Is social distancing needed if I have antibodies?

There is still much to learn about SARS-CoV-2, the resulting illness (CoVID-19), and the body’s immune response to the virus. The medical community is still not certain whether or not past infection or exposure and the presence of antibodies protects individuals from reinfection with CoVID-19 in the future.


Costs

  • How much does a COVID-19 antibody test appointment cost?
  • Is this test covered by insurance?
  • Can I order this COVID-19 antibody test in bulk for my workforce?
How much does a COVID-19 antibody test appointment cost?

The test is $79 and includes collection and testing of your blood sample.

Is this test covered by insurance?

Atlas does not bill your insurance for antibody testing although reimbursement may be available to you directly from your insurance carrier.  You should contact your insurance carrier for information regarding coverage and submission of claims.

Can I order this COVID-19 antibody test in bulk for my workforce?

Please contact one of our dedicated Business Coordinators for more information on testing options available for your workforce at 425-598-TEST(8378) or [email protected]


Getting Results

  • How do I access my test results?
  • How soon can I expect to receive my test results?
  • I am a patient and I do not understand or have questions about my test results. Who should I talk to?
  • What does it mean if I have a positive antibody test result?
  • What does it mean if I have a negative antibody test result?
  • Does a positive antibody test result mean I am immune to COVID-19 and cannot be re-infected?
How do I access my test results?

Your results can be accessed via the online patient portal at https://covid-19.atlas-genomics.com/.

How soon can I expect to receive my test results?

Your results will be released within 1-2 business days from the time your sample arrives at the laboratory. Allow an extra 24 hours for Spokane, Tacoma, and Everett. Please note that normal business hours at Atlas Genomics are 8:00am to 5:00pm PST, Monday through Friday.  Rush testing may be ordered at certain locations for an additional fee.  Please contact our CoVID-19 Customer Service Team at 425-598-TEST (8378)  for more information regarding business hours and requests for expedited testing.

I am a patient and I do not understand or have questions about my test results. Who should I talk to?

You should consult your healthcare provider with any questions regarding the results of your antibody testing.

Also, the Fact Sheet for Recipients from the antibody test kit manufacturer, will be included with your result report and will contain additional information and resources regarding antibody testing and your results.

What does it mean if I have a positive antibody test result?

A positive antibody test result indicates that IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 were detected in your blood sample.  It is possible that you were previously infected with or exposed to the virus OR that you still have an active infection and that your immune system has initiated an antibody response to the virus.

This means that you could possibly still have active COVID-19 infection even though your antibody test is positive. Antibody testing results alone should not be used in medical management.

What does it mean if I have a negative antibody test result?

A positive antibody test result indicates that IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 were detected in your blood sample.  It is possible that you were previously infected with or exposed to the virus OR that you still have an active infection and that your immune system has initiated an antibody response to the virus.

Does a positive antibody test result mean I am immune to COVID-19 and cannot be re-infected?

Not necessarily, the medical community does not yet have enough information to know if an antibody-mediated immune response provides an individual with protection from future infections (neutralizing antibody).

In consideration of this, it is important that even those individuals who receive positive results from antibody testing continue to take precautions to protect themselves and others and follow the CDC and other official guidelines regarding hygiene, social distancing, the use of face coverings, and the use of PPE, when appropriate.



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