AFC Urgent Care Vernon is now offering coronavirus antibody testing for asymptomatic patients seven days a week. The test is performed via a blood draw and is used to detect antibodies developed from past infection with coronavirus. Testing is performed in our walk-in urgent care center and results are typically available within 1-3 days. When you come to our center for antibody testing, please wear a mask.
Who is eligible for coronavirus antibody testing?
Patients who have been asymptomatic for at least 14 days can be tested for coronavirus antibodies.
What’s the difference between antibody testing and diagnostic testing?
Antibody testing is performed on asymptomatic patients via a blood draw and can only be used to detect past infection. Diagnostic testing detects the active COVID-19 virus and is performed via a nasal swab.
What do the results of my antibody test mean?
It is important to make sure you continue to follow current health and safety guidelines, including social distancing from others and wearing masks when you need to go into public areas. For the latest guidelines available in the state of Connecticut, please visit the state health department website.
Positive results indicate exposure to coronavirus and the development of antibodies. Research is still being conducted to determine whether or not that means you have an immunity to further infection with COVID-19. For the most up-to-date guidelines on how antibody testing is being used and interpreted, please visit the CDC website.
A negative result indicates that you have not been exposed to COVID-19, but it is possible that you were exposed in the recent past and have not developed an immune response as of the time of testing.