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Antibody testing is for people who are feeling generally healthy, are not having current symptoms of COVID-19, and may have recovered from the coronavirus infection. To ensure our patient's and staff's safety, we may refuse to draw your blood if you have had a new or worsening fever, cough, or shortness of breath within the last two weeks. If you are currently sick, please talk to your doctor about having the molecular diagnostic (swab) test instead.
MAKE AN ANTIBODY TESTING APPOINTMENT
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm: See available schedule times below.
Our antibody testing is:
- Performed without a doctor's order
- Cost – $55
- For Ohio residents, age 18 or older only
We ask that all people coming to the testing site wear a mask.
At the check-in area, all patients and visitors will be screened for fever or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to ensure you are an appropriate candidate for an antibody test and do not require the swab test. If you are cleared for the antibody test, a caregiver will draw a vial of blood from your arm.
The test results will be available within 48 hours through the KCH Patient Portal. If you do not have an account, you can request access to the patient portal here.
How to Read Your Test Results
- Detected = COVID Antibodies were detected.
- Not Detected = COVID Antibodies were not detected.
If you want to find out whether you have had a past COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) infection, you now have an affordable option. COVID-19 antibody testing, known as the SARS-CoV2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 immunoglobulins) antibody test, provides valuable information to people who are curious if a respiratory illness they had earlier this year was COVID-19.
The antibody test is performed with a patient's blood specimen and will detect antibodies to SARS-CoV2. If the blood sample tests positive for the antibody, this may indicate a previous infection of the virus that causes COVID-19. An antibody is a protein produced by the body in the latter stages of infection; the antibody can remain in the body for some time after recovery.
Please note that testing positive for the antibodies does not necessarily imply immunity from COVID-19. Whatever the result, individuals should continue to follow federal, state, and local public health guidance regarding social distancing and other recommended behaviors during the pandemic. This antibody test offers a way to find out whether they have had the coronavirus in the recent past.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST
- Your blood will be drawn for this test. No fasting or dietary restrictions are required.
- Testing is provided by Knox Community Hospital staff at our Main Laboratory located at 1330 Coshocton Road in Mount Vernon.
- The test itself takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Please be patient as we work to quickly process everyone through our facility with appropriate social distancing and precautions.
Receiving COVID-19 Antibody Test Results
Results will be available electronically within 48 hours if you have successfully set up a Patient Portal account on our website. Be sure that you have activated your portal account through the email entitled Activate Your Patient Account Now from Knox Community Hospital. If you do not have a patient portal, you can request results be sent to you by mail.