COVID-19 and Serum Antibody Testing in St. Petersburg

We now offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing – instant as well as lab-based – and serum antibody testing:

The SARS-CoV-2 Nucleic Amplification Diagnostic Test is done at our facility and is processed through either Quest Diagnostics or LabCorp. It is performed using respiratory specimens collected using nasal swabs. The specimen collection process is painless and takes only a few moments, with results becoming available in approximately three to five days, though wait times could be considerably longer if backups occur at the processing labs.

This test, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been the gold standard for COVID-19 testing, and its accuracy and reliability are as high or higher than any other testing processes currently available.

Right now, almost all health insurers will cover 100 percent of the costs of this test, with no charges currently being passed on to patients. Uninsured patients can also receive this test without charge through a federal government program. We currently, however, are unable to offer free testing to Medicaid patients (other than Simply Healthcare).

The Abbott ID NOW Rapid Nucleic Amplification Diagnostic Test was recently approved by the FDA and is now available to the public through a few select providers. It, too, is based on nasal swab specimens and seems to be as accurate as the nucleic amplification tests that are processed through third-party labs. It is significantly more accurate than serological (blood-based) or antigen tests. In fact, the ID NOW testing equipment is being used by major league sports teams to test their athletes on a continuing basis.

Test results are available within 10 to 15 minutes and will include documentation that patients can use for travel, work, or school and for any other situations that might require current proof of non-infection.

The ID NOW test is, unfortunately, not covered by most health insurers. Accordingly, patients will be required to pay a total of $95.00 if they choose to take advantage of the instant results offered by this test.

These first two tests are molecular tests that will diagnose an active coronavirus infection. We also offer Serology Antibody Testing that very accurately shows if the patient has been infected by the coronavirus in the past, including instances of infection that were non-symptomatic. This test requires a blood sample drawn at our facility and is also processed through Quest Diagnostics or LabCorp. This test is important as it indicates a possible immunity from future COVID-19 infections, although that has not yet been proven with 100 percent certainty. Results from these tests are also generally available within three to five days. As with the Nucleic Amplification Test processed through third-party labs, the Serology Antibody Test is generally available without charge to all patients, whether insured or uninsured (except for Medicaid patients).

If you decide to come in for a diagnostic test (either instant or using third-party labs) and you are currently experiencing symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, constricted breathing), we would appreciate your adherence to the following procedures in order to protect your, our other patients’, and our staff’s health:

  • When you arrive at the clinic, park in our lot and call our front desk at 727-351-8633 and let them know you have arrived.
  • A staff member will come out to your car with registration documents and, if you do not already have one, a mask.
  • Stay in your car after registration has been completed and until the staff either contacts you or comes out to get you, at which time you will be taken directly to an exam room.
  • Any discharge activities will be concluded while you are still in the exam room, and you will thereupon leave directly to your car.

All of these tests are available without an appointment but, to minimize any wait, we do recommend that you take advantage of our “Get in Line Before You Leave the House” below…

GET IN LINE BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE

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On-line scheduling that allows you to select a time that you would like to see the Doctor. Not a reservation, but your place in line will be held for you.