There are different types of tests for Coronavirus Disease 19, including diagnostic viral tests and antibody tests. Your doctor will help you determine which type of test is right for you.
Who should consider a diagnostic COVID-19 test?
If you meet the criteria below, contact your physician.
- If you have symptoms:
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- two of the following: fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, new taste or smell disorder, or quick variation in temperature.
- If you have had close contact with someone with confirmed positive COVID-19 (small children are not encouraged to be tested unless they are symptomatic)
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. There are important differences in the two types of diagnostic tests.
- An antigen test is a diagnostic test that is designed for rapid detection of the virus that causes COVID-19. Antigen tests are for patients with symptoms and cannot be used to screen patients without symptoms. 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 and takes about 20 minutes. The cost for the antigen test is $45, however, the test is covered by most insurance plans.
- The most reliable test is a PCR test, however, the results can take days to a week depending on the demand at the lab. PCR tests detect the presence of the virus’s genetic material using a technique called reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, or RT-PCR. A nasal sample is collected at MANA and then sent to a lab for analysis. MANA uses LabCorp and Northwest Arkansas Pathology to process the PCR test. The cost of collecting and processing the COVID-19 viral swab test is $30 and is often covered by insurance. You may also receive a bill from the lab. We do our best to work with the labs and provide the most timely result.
How do I get the test results?
If you received an antigen test, you will receive the test result at your appointment. If your swab was sent to a lab to analyze, your doctor’s office will call you when the test results are ready, typically between 1 and 7 days.
How do I request an appointment for a COVID-19 test?
MANA offers COVID-19 diagnostic testing at the locations below. Please call to schedule an appointment if you meet the criteria for testing. Patients will complete a COVID-19 Screening or telemedicine screening (Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics) prior to testing. Please note that some MANA Clinics offer only offer tests to patients with symptoms.
MANA Family Medicine South’s Fever and Respiratory Clinic
2523 E. Huntsville Road, Fayetteville
7 am to 3 pm, Monday – Friday
Drive-up testing for patients with symptoms, no appointment required.
MANA Family Medicine Springdale
1109 S. West End Street, Springdale
7:30 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday
By appointment only.
MANA Family Medicine Pinnacle Hills
3730 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Suite 2, Rogers
8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday
By appointment only.
MANA Urgent Care College
1673 N. College Avenue, Fayetteville
Drive-up testing from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm, no appointment required.
MANA Urgent Care Wedington
1188 N. Salem Road, Suite 6, Fayetteville
7 am to 6 pm, Monday – Sunday
No appointment required.
Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics
3380 N. Futrall Drive, Fayetteville
8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday
Please call to schedule a telemedicine screening appointment.
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.
- Please note, 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.
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.