Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ

Who should get tested for COVID-19?
The Michigan Health and Human Services Department now recommends testing for all essential workers as well as individuals with mild symptoms. For clarification, anyone who is required to leave the house for work is considered an essential worker. People in this category needn’t be symptomatic to be tested.
Does this test need to be ordered by a physician?
Yes, a physician’s order is required to have this test performed. If you need an order one, of our on-site physicians will be happy to evaluate you and make a recommendation.
Where can I get this test?
MHP has 3 test sites for COVID testing.

ROCHESTER MEDICAL GROUP
633 E. South Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
(248) 844-6000 Phone
(248) 844-6159 Fax

TRIATRIA/MILLENNIUM BUILDING
32255 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Monday – Friday 9am – 5 pm
Saturday& Sunday 9am – 12pm
(248) 723-5880 Phone
(248) 723-5889 Fax

What do I need to do get tested?
The first step would be to fill out an intake form before your visit at
https://obuzz.net/

Once this form is completed, a representative from our organization will contact you with further instructions.
How long before receiving test results?
Expected turnaround time is 2 to 3 days from receipt in laboratory. However, timing can vary depending on a variety of factors, including increased demand for the test. Your results will be sent to the ordering physician.
What is the cost of the test? Is it covered by insurance?
The new federal law mandates that Medicare, Medicaid, other government plans, and most private plans cover COVID-19 testing — and all testing-related services — entirely. That means no co-pays, no deductibles, no co-insurance charges. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires private insurers to pay for certain services and items related to testing at no cost to the patient. A second piece of legislation, known as the CARES Act, expanded the number of tests and services insurers must cover at no cost. The latter law also requires health plans to reimburse out-of-network providers for their services. The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) that said the overwhelming majority of Michigan insurance companies agreed to waive cost-sharing for individuals who get tested or receive treatment for COVID-19 are free but it always best to check with your insurance company. For those who do not have insurance, the answer depends on what action Congress. We will update this information once a decision has been made.
What are main differences between molecular/PCR (swab) and antibody (blood) testing?
Molecular testing/PCR is used to diagnose COVID-19. It detects viral genetic material from a nasal swab specific for SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Molecular testing is useful to make a positive covid-19 diagnosis. This molecular test (PCR) performed on a nasopharyngeal swab is the current gold standard for diagnosis of an active COVID infection. Unlike the molecular test, a blood test for COVID-19 IgG antibody is not diagnostic for COVID-19. The presence of IgG antibody is a measure of the immune response to a SARS-CoV-2 infection and provides evidence of a previous exposure. The test is particularly useful in individuals who were asymptomatic or experienced mild symptoms and were never diagnosed with COVID-19. Most individuals will develop antibodies or seroconvert between 14-21 days post-onset of infection. These antibodies should be detectable in the body for a significant period of time thereafter, though the exact timeline is still unclear. Several individuals in the medical and scientific community believe COVID-19 IgG antibodies are protective and prevent re-infection, although that also remains to be determined at this time. It’s important to note that you can have IgG antibodies and still have an active case of COVID-19. The antibody test is in no way a substitute for molecular PCR Swab test in identifying and containing the spread of this disease.
When to order COVID-19 IgG Antibody testing?
COVID-19 IgG Antibody testing determine if a patient was previously exposed to COVID-19 . A positive IgG result would provide evidence of a previous exposure to the COVID-19 virus and a measure of recovery. A negative IgG result would suggest no prior exposure to the virus occurred.
What do you need to know about the antibody test?
A patient may test negative if a sample is collected too soon after the infection (i.e. approximately prior to day 10). Most individuals will develop antibodies within 14 to 21 days.
What manufacturer is running the COVID-19 IgG Antibody test?
The antibody test offered is from Abbott Laboratories. The FDA approved testing has the potential to unlock a lot of unknown aspects of this novel Coronavirus.
What if my antibody blood test was positive for IgG antibodies against the COVID-19 virus. Does this mean I am negative for the virus and protected from re-infection?
A positive antibody blood test cannot distinguish between a current or past COVID-19 infection. If you do not have a history of a COVID-19 infection, please follow-up with your provider to see if you should have a molecular test (PCR) test nasopharyngeal swab to evaluate for the possibility of an active COVID-19 infection. At this time, we don’t know if IgG antibodies can protect you against re-infection with COVID-19. More studies are needed.
What are the Goals of Testing for COVID-19?
The best way to slow the spread of this disease is to identify, isolate and contact trace people with infections. Testing all suspected cases is a vital part of understanding the scale of the outbreak and how it is evolving Current policies on testing differ from country to country and region to region – it depends on what stage that community has reached in the pandemic curve and the level of preparedness each individual community. The World Health Organization (WHO) supports a policy of widespread testing priorities.
What to do if my molecular/PCR test is positive?
You should contact your doctor if you do not have a doctor please contact the MHP Mobile COVID clinic who will help find you a provider.
When can I be a plasma donor?
If you had a COVID-19 infection documented by a positive nasal swab and repeat molecular test (PCR) performed on a nasopharyngeal swab is negative and your antibody blood test is positive for IgG antibodies then you can donate your blood plasma to help others.
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