Eagles Landing Family Practice now has the newest COVID-19 Antibody test available to all patients! Your body creates antibodies when it fights off an infection, like the new coronavirus, which is how you can develop immunity to a virus.
The previous test looked for an active infection, in currently sick patients, caused by COVID-19 using a nasal or throat swab. However, we are now offering the new antibody test, which analyzes the blood ― looking for antibodies produced by the immune system after the infection has occurred. So, this new test does not diagnose or detect the virus itself. The COVID-19 antibody (IgG) may indicate previous exposure to the virus and is usually detectable after at least 10 days following infection. Those who test positive for antibodies may have protective immunity.
For those with a known prior infection, past exposure, or previously experienced symptoms that may be due to a COVID-19 infection but were never tested, our ELFP providers can help you determine whether this antibody test may be right for you.
Schedule an appointment today to be tested for COVID-19 antibodies!
Simply choose the chief complaint ‘COVID-19 Antibody Test’ when self-scheduling online.
or call (770) 268-4011
What is the cost of this new antibody test?
As of April 11th, 2020, the guidance from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, private health plans and employer group health plans are required to cover COVID-19 testing (which includes the COVID-19 Antibody Test) with NO out-of-pocket expense to patients. However, for self-pay patients, ELFP’s self-pay policy is still in effect for the actual office visit. For additional information, please refer to our self-pay FAQ. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sees the antibody test as a key element in fighting the pandemic by providing a more accurate measure of how many people have been infected and potentially enabling Americans to get back to work more quickly.
Eagles Landing Family Practice continues to be dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients and the communities we serve, especially during this global pandemic. We remain committed in our efforts to continue fighting this virus and making a positive impact when it matters most, and we hope this new breakthrough will lead to less worry. We remind you that Eagles Landing Family Practice is here to keep you safe and healthy ― now, and always. We are all in this together!
Your partners in health,
Eagles Landing Family Practice
April 24, 2020