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LabFlorida Now Offers Antibody Test for COVID-19

Demand for COVID-19 testing has been extraordinary and continues to escalate as the virus spreads across the United States. In response, we have worked tirelessly to make this testing accessible for those who need it most and provide test results as quickly as possible.

LabFlorida will be launching our new COVID-19 Antibody test on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Order Test Code: 2019

About SARS-CoV-2 IgG Assay
This is not a POC rapid kit test. This is a highly accurate test of intravenous blood sample processed in our lab and resulted on a Beckman Coulter instrument. Sensitivity: 100%, Specificity: 99.8%.

Providers and facilities can use any established means to order Code 2019: EMR, fax, email, using LabFlorida requisition (in ADDITIONAL TESTS & INSTRUCTIONS section in the right bottom corner) or doctor’s scripts.

We expect a tidal wave of orders, so please try to keep the process organized by providing us with accurate and complete information. “Test All Residents” orders must be scheduled in advance to optimize our resources. Rest assured that LabFlorida team will handle this emergency in the most efficient way possible.

About Antibody Testing
Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which show if you had a previous infection with the virus. Depending on when someone was infected and the timing of the test, the test may not find antibodies in someone with a current COVID-19 infection. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19. To see if you have a current infection, you need a viral test, which checks respiratory samples, such as a swab from inside your nose.

If you test positive (Reactive), you have antibodies that resulted from a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

If you test negative (non-Reactive), you probably have not had a previous infection. However, you could have a current infection. It’s possible you could still get sick if you have been exposed to the virus recently, since antibodies don’t show up for 1 to 3 weeks after infection. This means you could still spread the virus.

If you test Equivocal, you have some antibodies that may have not yet developed to the full potential. You will need to be retested in 1-2 weeks.

About Cost of Testing
The test is free for all Medicare and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries. We will attempt to bill major PPO health plans, but in case of denial will have to direct bill the patient. Due to uncertainty and tremendous difficulties of working with HMO plans we unable to bill these insurance plans. Direct to patient service will be billed at $99.