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.
Viral (Swab) Tests
MANA is offering safe and convenient COVID-19 swab testing at drive-thru clinics or designated parking areas.
Who should consider a swab test?
As of July 1, 2020, due to a national shortage in the testing reagent, the NWA health care community is aligned in new testing priorities.
- 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.
- Any individual by request of the Arkansas Department of Health for exposure.
- Pre-operative – having surgical procedures, including scheduled induction and C-section, and pulmonary function testing.
What to expect:
You can stay in your vehicle while a nurse comes by to collect a simple nasal swab. The sample collected is sent to Northwest Arkansas Pathology for testing. Please check with your insurance or refer to Northwest Arkansas Pathology’s website for the price of the test. For COVID-19 testing, MANA’s price for collecting and handling a nasal swab is $30.
How do I get the test results?
Your doctor will let you know when the test results are ready, typically in 24 hours to 48 hours during clinic hours.
How do I request an appointment for a COVID-19 swab test?
Contact your doctor’s office to request a COVID-19 test. MANA Clinics that are offering swab testing include MANA Family Medicine South’s Fever and Respiratory Clinic, MANA Family Medicine Springdale, MANA Urgent Care Wedington, and Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics (Fayetteville only).
MANA Testing Locations
MANA offers convenient drive-up testing at the locations listed below.
MANA Family Medicine Springdale
1109 S. West End Street, Springdale
MANA Urgent Care Wedington
1188 N. Salem Road, Suite 6, Fayetteville
Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics
3380 N. Futrall Drive, Fayetteville
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.