COVID-19 Antibody Testing
COVID-19 Antibody Testing at AFC Urgent Care Aurora Saddle Rock can determine your risk for infection.
AFC Urgent Care Aurora Saddle Rock provides COVID-19 Antibody Testing for patients to determine if their body is currently responding to a COVID-19 infection. Antibody tests can help patients determine if they have a limited immunity to COVID-19, if their body is fighting it off infection though there are no symptoms, and if there is a greater-than-expected risk of COVID-19 cases within a community.
It is important to understand that patients MUST call AFC Urgent Care Aurora Saddle Rock can walk-in for testing or call (303) 529-3300 to get a COVID-19 antibody tests from our providers. Patients will be screened by our providers and given next steps for testing.
If you have any further questions about general COVID-19 testing, policies, or procedures, please contact our team directly at (303) 529-3300. Below are a few explanations on our antibody testing processes and how antibody testing works in general.
What is Antibody Testing? How does it work?
Antibody testing is the process of analyzing a patient’s blood to determine if present antibodies are fighting off an illness regardless of their symptoms. As the CDC explains, an antibody or “serology test" can detect infections in patients that have no symptoms. Asymptomatic patients can determine if they are a carrier for COVID-19.
Many public health organizations are using antibody tests to determine the full scope of COVID-19 infections among both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. National research efforts rely on antibody tests to find new ways to protect the public against the virus. At the individual level, patients can visit an urgent care center, just like AFC Urgent Care Aurora Saddle Rock, to get test results in a day.
Antibody tests can provide a patient that is asymptomatic with an even more accurate COVID-19 diagnosis than standard testing.
How can I get Antibody Testing at AFC?
AFC Aurora stresses the importance of calling ahead in order to qualify for antibody testing. If you believe you could have been exposed to the virus, please call us at (303) 529-3300. to get an appointment for COVID-19 antibody testing. Other important information to consider before calling includes:
- Consulting your health plan provider with testing coverage as many of our accepted insurances cover testing.
- Patients that meet criteria for testing must contact our urgent care center and have a vehicle ready to provide car side triage and care.
- Wait for your provider to give your test results back and follow any next steps your provider may have.
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Public health officials want to make it clear to patients that routine hygiene and general disease prevention are crucial to lowering your risk of getting infected by COVID-19. In fact, Colorado’s Public Health Department outlined the key prevention methods.Here are a few more specific prevention strategies for patients:
“As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one."
If patients have any other questions about coronavirus prevention, then please call a local healthcare provider to learn the facts about coronavirus and disease safety!