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COVID-19 Testing

Lansing Urgent Care now offers two Covid-19 tests to help keep you, your family and our community safe.  Please read below for more information. Please note the IgG antibody test is available until 1 hour before closing and 24/7 at our Clippert St. location.

 

What do these COVID-19 tests detect?

PCR (Nasal Swab) will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus. You can schedule a telehealth visit (available 24/7) and a Lansing Urgent Care medical Provider can order this test to be completed at the St. Lawrence drive through testing location.  

Antibody IgG (Blood Test) will detect if you have had prior exposure to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the virus. As COVID-19 is a new virus, it is unclear if the presence of antibodies definitely offers immunity. Most experts agree it likely does; however, the recommendation is to still practice universal precautions. Covid-19 Antibody test run by our partners at Quest Diagnostic has received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA. Quest reports that the test they are using has approximately 99% Sensitivity and 98.5% Specificity. Test sensitivity is the ability of a test to correctly identify those with the antibody (true positive rate), whereas test specificity is the ability of the test to correctly identify those without the antibody (true negative rate).

 

What criteria do I need to meet to receive one of these tests? 

PCR (Nasal Swab):  

  • If you're asymptomatic but believe you had contact with someone who may have had the COVID-19 virus.
  • If you are actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as  
    • Fever
    • Persistent cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Body aches 
    • Chills
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • New rash on toes or feet
  • If you're an essential worker still reporting to work in person, whether you have symptoms or not.
  • If you're a healthcare worker, first responder, or a Lansing Urgent Care Occupational Medicine client. 
  • If you believe you recently (within the past 14 days) had contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): 

  • If you previously had COVID-19 symptoms, you’ve recovered, and at least 14 days have passed since your first symptoms.
  • If you had a positive test result for COVID-19, you’ve recovered, and at least 14 days have passed since your first symptoms.
  • If you’ve been asymptomatic but believe you had contact with someone who may have had the COVID-19 virus.

 

How are these tests administered? 

PCR (Nasal Swab): Administered via a nasopharyngeal (nasal) swab.  This test is available in limited quantity on-site at LUC. We prefer you  schedule a telehealth visit so we can evaluate you and order the test to be completed at the St. Lawrence drive through testing location.

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): Administered via a blood sample.  This test can be performed at any one of our 7 convenient locations.

 

How long will it take to receive my results and how do I view them?

PCR (Nasal Swab): Generally, it will take 24 -48 hours to receive your results. Your results can be viewed via the patient results portal available on the Lansing Urgent Care website. Please note, that in addition to posting the test results in your Patient Portal, all patients who receive a positive result will be contacted via phone by a Lansing Urgent Care team member. 

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): Generally, it will take 2-4 days to receive your antibody results. Your results can be viewed via the patient results portal available on the Lansing Urgent Care website.

 

What locations can I visit for these COVID-19 tests?    

PCR (Nasal Swab): You can schedule a telehealth visit to arrange for PCR testing to determine if you currently have Covid-19. The actual PCR test sample will typically be collected at the St. Lawrence drive through testing location

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): The Antibody IgG (Blood Test) can be drawn at any Lansing Urgent Care location. This test MUST be performed with a traditional in-person visit. You can schedule a visit here.

 

How much do each of these tests cost? 

If you are insured by an ACA-compliant insurance plan, the cost to you for your test visit should be $0 based on current federal guidelines that require insurance companies to cover this testing at no cost. If you're insured by a short-term plan or another plan that isn't ACA-compliant, your insurer may not cover the costs associated with your test. As a precaution, you may want to call your insurance provider ahead of your visit to confirm they will cover the cost of your visit and test. 

If you are a self-pay patient, or uninsured, your visit will be the cost of a standard Lansing Urgent Care visit plus lab fees, you will receive a bill for lab fees from our lab partner.

 

What precautions do I take based on my results?

PCR (Nasal Swab):

  • Negative: Continue to exercise precautions such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing of a mask or face cloth in public, and other CDC guideline recommendations.
  • Positive: Stay home, separate yourself from others in your home, continue to monitor your symptoms, call 911 if you have an emergency.

Antibody IgG (Blood Test): 

  • Regardless of your results, you should continue to exercise precautions such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing of a mask or face cloth in public, and other CDC guideline recommendations. Remember, COVID-19 is a new infection, and it is not yet clear if a positive antibody test means a patient has immunity to Covid-19.