COVID-19 Testing at MANA

There are two types of tests for Coronavirus Disease 19, viral tests and antibody tests. According to the CDC:

  • A viral swab test tells you if you have the disease. 
  • An antibody test tells you if you have previously been infected. 

An antibody test may not show if a person has been infected because it could take the body up to 3 weeks after infection to develop an antibody. It has not been proven that a person with antibodies cannot be infected or how long the antibodies may protect them. 

Diagnostic Swab Tests 

Who should consider a diagnostic COVID-19 test?

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or two of the following: fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, new taste or smell disorder, or quick variation in temperature), please contact your doctor or one of the clinics below for testing. 
  • The other criteria for testing are: 
    • Household contacts of confirmed positive COVID-19 individuals (small children are not encouraged to be tested unless they are symptomatic).
    • Asymptomatic health care workers with exposure or possible exposure.

If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, waiting on test results, or have tested positive, you should quarantine. 

Quarantine Instructions

 

What to expect:

The nurse will collect a simple nasal swab, that will look and feel similar to a flu swab. At MANA Clinics, we have point-of-care testing and some tests are sent to a lab to analyze. 

Based on your symptoms during the exam, the provider will determine the appropriate method of testing.

Antigen testing is a new type of diagnostic test that is designed for the detection of the virus that causes COVID-19. The Sofia SARS antigen test received FDA Emergency Use Authorization on June 9, 2020. The antigen test is processed by an analyzer onsite similar to a strep or flu swab test. The cost for the antigen test is $45, however, the test is covered by most insurance plans. The cost of collecting and processing the COVID-19 viral swab test for LabCorp is $30.  Please check the LabCorp website for the cost of the test. 

How do I get the test results?

If your swab was sent to LabCorp to analyze, your doctor will let you know when the test results are ready, typically between 3 and 7 days. 

Testing Locations

How do I request an appointment for a COVID-19 swab test?

MANA offers testing at the locations listed below. Please call to schedule an appointment if indicated. Patients will complete a COVID-19 Screening or telemedicine screening (Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics) prior to testing. 

MANA Family Medicine South’s Fever and Respiratory Clinic
2523 E. Huntsville Road, Fayetteville
(479) 442-2822
7 am to 3 pm, Monday – Friday
Drive-up testing, no appointment required. 

MANA Family Medicine Springdale
1109 S. West End Street, Springdale
(479) 750-3630
7:30 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday
By appointment only. 

MANA Family Medicine Pinnacle Hills
3730 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Suite 2, Rogers
(479) 464-5599
8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday
By appointment only. 

MANA Urgent Care College
1673 N. College Avenue, Fayetteville
(479) 521-0200
Drive-up testing, no appointment required. 

MANA Urgent Care Wedington
1188 N. Salem Road, Suite 6, Fayetteville
(479) 442-0006
7 am to 6 pm, Monday – Sunday
No appointment required. 

Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics
3380 N. Futrall Drive, Fayetteville
(479) 442-7322
8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday
Please call to schedule a telemedicine screening appointment.  

Antibody Testing 

MANA is offering FDA authorized COVID-19 antibody testing.

What is a COVID-19 antibody test?

  • A COVID-19 IgG antibody test performed by LabCorp, also knowns as serology testing, checks for a type of antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG).
  • If you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, your body produces IgG antibodies as part of the immune response to the coronavirus.
  • Please understand a coronavirus antibody test may not show if a person has been infected because it can take the body up to 3 weeks after infection to develop an antibody.

How is the antibody test performed?

  • Our technicians will draw a sample of blood which will then be sent to LabCorp for testing. Results are then relayed to the provider’s office once it is complete, usually within 5 to 7 business days. 

If I test positive for the antibody, am I immune to COVID-19?

  • It has not been proven that a person with antibodies cannot be infected or how long the antibodies may protect them. 
  • If you test positive for the antibody, you should continue to follow CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.

Is the antibody test right for me?

You may consider if:

  • 18 years or older
  • No symptoms of COVID-19 for the past 10 days
  • No fever for the last 3 days
  • Believe you may have had COVID-19 or been exposed to the virus

What is the cost of the COVID-19 antibody test?

MANA charges $16 for the blood draw and handling. Please check with your insurance provider to learn more about coverage of antibody testing or with LabCorp for the cost of the test.

How do I request an appointment for an antibody test?

Contact your primary care provider’s office to request an antibody test. 

 

COVID-19 Online Screening