We are pleased to provide COVID-19 virus and antibody tests in conjunction with Crush The Curve Idaho in the Treasure Valley.
To access your test results, you must register on the Saltzer Health online patient portal. For instructions, please see:
To help you interpret your results, please see the Information for Patients:
SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 Test
The test is designed to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens using nasal or oral swabs.
If you test positive for COVID-19, the CDC suggests protective steps to take If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html
If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your specimen was collected and that you could test positive later. Or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. A negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.
COVID-19 Serologic Testing (Antibodies)
Serology testing checks a sample of a person’s blood to look for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These antibodies are produced when someone has been infected.
What does it mean if I have a negative result?
If you have a negative result, it is very likely that you do not have antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Studies show that it can take up to 14 days from initial exposure to onset of symptoms. It is possible that it is too early to tell if you have the virus. If you have a negative test, but have symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you and your provider should consider follow up testing by PCR or testing for other illnesses such as influenza. If you are in immediate distress, call the emergency room and seek care right away. There is a small chance that your test can have a negative result even when you do actually have the virus. It may be too early to detect antibodies in your blood, or your level of antibodies may be very low.
What does it mean if I have a positive IgG result?
This means that you were most likely exposed to the virus weeks ago. You may be experiencing symptoms or have had symptoms in the recent past, such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing you should contact your provider or call the emergency room.