COVID-19 antibody testing is now available to businesses and the general public. LEARN MORE.

COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING INFORMATION

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, visit the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

If you are a health care provider, please click here for more information about exposure criteria and specimen collection guidelines. Please continue to check our website, as well as the ISDH’s website, for the most recent COVID-19 related updates.

MACL SARS-CoV-2 IgG Assay Fact Sheet

Abbott Laboratories SARS-CoV-2 IgG Assay Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers


 

MACL is now offering an immune-response blood test that detects IgG antibodies against SARS-SoV-2, which is the causative agent of COVID-19. Antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to an infection. The presence of antibodies indicates that you may have been exposed to the disease, even if you never experienced symptoms.

Previous exposure means you may now have some level of immunity to the virus. Understanding your immune response gives you and your doctor the information to assist in making an informed decision about returning to work or activity.

Abbott Laboratories SARS-CoV-2 IgG Assay Fact Sheet for Patients

Please note: Immune-response testing is not intended to diagnose a recent or active infection. If you are symptomatic and have known exposure, call your health care provider and follow his/her instructions. If you need more information, please go to the Indiana State Department of Health website.

HOW TO OBTAIN AN ANTIBODY TEST

COVID-19 antibody testing is available only to those who are NOT currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, nor have experienced symptoms within the past 10 days.

FOR BUSINESSES

If you are a business and would like to offer testing to your employees, please click here for more information.

FOR PATIENTS

A health care provider’s order is not required to request a COVID-19 antibody test. However, an order from a health care provider will allow you to submit the claim to insurance for payment. Please contact your insurance provider regarding your plan’s coverage.

There are two options available to order COVID-19 antibody testing.

  • If you have an order from a health care provider:
    • Schedule an appointment online at one of our locations.
    • Bring your order, along with your ID and insurance card, to your appointment.
  • If you want to order the test for yourself:
    • Schedule an appointment online at one of our locations.
    • Print out and complete the COVID-19 test request form.
    • Bring this form along with your ID to your appointment.
    • Please remember this type of ordering is NOT covered by insurance.
    • You will be required to pay for the testing before getting your blood drawn. The cost of the test is $119.00.

SELF ORDER TEST FORM

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As the pandemic continues, we know you have questions about the coronavirus disease. We’re committed to helping you find the answers you need. If you have questions unanswered here, please refer to our general FAQs for all tests MACL offers found at the bottom of our SOLO testing page.
1

SHOULD THIS TEST BE USED TO DIAGNOSE A PERSON WITH ACTIVE COVID-19?

No. This test is being offered as a means to detect antibodies to the virus; not to diagnose recent or active infection. If you are symptomatic and have known exposure, please call your health care provider and follow his/her instructions. If you need more information, please go to the Indiana State Department of Health website.

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WHAT IS ANTIBODY TESTING?

Antibody testing, also known as serologic testing, is used to test antibodies in a person’s blood specimen. Antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to an infection. The presence of antibodies indicates exposure to that specific infectious agent. These antibodies can be detected, even if the individual was asymptomatic. In some cases, the antibodies can be detected years later. 

3

WILL THIS TEST DETECT ANTIBODIES IN EVERYONE WHO HAS HAD COVID-19?

IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 develop approximately 8 to 11 days post-symptomatic for the majority of people. Some may develop antibodies after the timeframe, while others may never develop a detectable immune response, especially those who are immunosuppressed.

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WHAT DOES DETECTION OF IgG ANTIBODIES AGAINST SARS-CoV2 MEAN?

Detection (or a positive result) can indicate: 

  • Prior exposure to the virus
  • The presence of an immune response that suggests the individual is less likely to get infected or re-infected compared to those with a negative result
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WHAT IF IgG ANTIBODIES ARE NOT FOUND?

A negative test result means the antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your blood. However, it is possible to receive an incorrect negative result. This is called a false negative. A false negative may occur if you are tested early in your illness and your body hasn’t had time to produce antibodies to infection. If this is the case, your health care provider can give further guidance.

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WHEN WILL MY RESULTS BE AVAILABLE?

Your results will be available through the online My Quest™patient portal within 7-10 business days. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to register for one online at https://myquest.questdiagnostics.com/web/create-account. You will receive an email alert when your results are ready.

It is important to use your full legal name on both the order form and the online registration so we are able to accurately match your account to your results.

7

DOES INSURANCE COVER THE COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST?

Please check with your health insurance provider to determine benefits. The test will not be covered if it is self-ordered without an order from your health care provider. The cost of a self-ordered antibody test is $119.

8

DO I NEED AN ORDER FROM A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TO RECEIVE THE TEST?

No. You can receive the test without a health care provider’s order. However, you will need a health care provider’s order if you want to submit it to insurance for payment.   

9

IS THIS TEST FDA APPROVED?

No. This test is not yet approved or cleared by the FDA. The FDA can make a test available under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) when other criteria is met and no other approved tests are available.

The EUA for this test is supported by the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration that circumstances exist to justify the emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for the detection and/or diagnosis of the virus which causes COVID-19. This EUA will remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 declaration, unless it is terminated or revoked by the FDA.

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WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL RISKS OF THE COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST?

The risks include possible discomfort or other complications that can occur during a routine sample collection.

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