COVID-19 PCR Testing

When fast action and trusted information matter more than ever, we are committed to aiding in the response. SARS-CoV-2 RNA (COVID-19), Qualitative NAAT, Test Code 39448 The RNA test is a qualitative multi-target molecular diagnostics test that aids in the detection of COVID19. This test is intended to be performed on respiratory specimens collected from individuals who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clinical and/or epidemiological criteria for COVID19 testing. For details visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/index.html

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SARS-CoV-2 RNA (COVID-19), Qualitative NAAT - The SARS-CoV-2 RNA (COVID-19), Nucleicacid Amplification Test (NAAT) is a qualitative multi-target molecular diagnostics test that aids in the detection of COVID-19. This test is intended to be performed on respiratory specimens collected
from individuals who meet the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) clinical and/or Epidemiological criteria for COVID-19 testing.

For details visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/index.html

SARS-CoV-2 RNA, Qualitative NAAT, Test

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  • Methodology: Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) includes PCR or TMA

  • Assay Category: This test has been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use by authorized laboratories.

  • Reference Range(s): Not detected

  • Alternative Name(s): Novel Coronavirus, COVID19, nCOV, Wuhan, Coronavirus

  • Turn Around T/A: Test results are typically available 48 Hours from the time of specimen pickup and may be impacted by high demand.
    • Expedited Test Results Email Delivery Available

  • Insurance CPT Code(s): 87635 (HCPCS:U0003)



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COVID-19 PCR Testing

COVID-19 PCR Testing Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus?
The virus, which can cause mild to severe respiratory illness, was first identified in Wuhan, China, and has now spread globally, including the United States. There is limited information available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with COVID-19 but it likely spreads to others when a person shows signs or symptoms of being sick (e.g., fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, etc.).
What is the Panther® SARS-CoV-2 Assay?
The test is designed to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens, for example nasal or oral swabs.
Why was my sample tested?
You were tested because your healthcare provider believes you may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 based on your signs and symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing), and/or because:

• You live in or have recently traveled to a place where transmission of COVID-19 is known to occur, and/or
• You have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID19. Testing of the samples will help find out if you may have COVID-19.
What are the known and potential risks and benefits of the test?
Potential risks include:

• Possible discomfort or other complications that can happen during sample collection.
• Possible incorrect test result (see below for more information). Potential benefits include:
• The results, along with other information, can help your healthcare provider make informed recommendations about your care.
• The results of this test may help limit the spread of COVID-19 to your family and others in your community
What does it mean if I have a positive test result?
If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. Therefore, it is also likely that you may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others. There is a very small chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result). Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results along with medical history, and your symptoms.
What does it mean if I have a negative test result?
A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms usually means that COVID-19 did not cause your recent illness. However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID-19. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. If this is the case, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you. It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.
Is this test FDA-approved or cleared?
No. This test is not yet approved or cleared by the United States FDA.

This assay is currently under review by the FDA and is pending EUA. The test was developed, and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by FDA. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.
Where can I go for updates and more information?
The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 is available at the CDC General webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19 In addition, please also contact your healthcare provider with any questions/concerns.

Antigen vs. Antibody Testing: What does each method offer?

Antigen Tests

An antigen is a molecule or structure present on the outside of a pathogen.
Antigen tests are typically used for early identification of an active infection in symptomatic patients.
These tests identify the virus through detection of nucleoproteins, similar to influenza tests
Viral antigens can often be detected in samples taken from nasal passages and from the throat.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using a test that detects the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as one that checks respiratory samples, to test for active infection.1

Antibody Tests

Antibodies are proteins that the body’s white blood cells produce to fight infection, which may remain in the blood long after the infection clears.
Antibody tests identify active (IgM) or past (IgG) infections by looking for antibodies against the specific virus.
Antibody tests look for exposure to a pathogen resulting in the generation of an immune response, e.g. increase in IgG/IgM antibodies. The immune response may take days or weeks to show up in a serology assay post-exposure.
Antibodies are typically detected in blood samples; either whole blood or serum/plasma.
Antibody tests typically cannot diagnose the disease immediately after exposure, as antibodies may take 1-3 weeks to develop.1
A positive antibody test indicates that a person had an immune response to SARS-CoV-2 regardless of the presence of symptoms.2 Whether antibodies may indicate immunity to further infection is still being investigated by the healthcare community.

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Should I be Tested?

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or you have had symptoms in the past, this is the test for you. You must be asymptomatic (free of symptoms) for at least seven (7) days prior to testing.

Workplace Testing

Keep your employees and community safe

ARCpoint Labs of Tampa Coronavirus Antibody Test can help you make informed decisions regarding your staff’s return to work or safe interaction with others. This is especially important with essential employees such as first responders, medical professionals, or other essential staff.

If you are interested in testing your employees, we're here for you! With onsite testing available, we're able to work within your schedule to test your employees so everyone can work safely.

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Schedule your appointment

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Get results via a secure email in about 48 hours

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