In-Home COVID-19 Antibody Serology Testing Available in Alberta and Ontario, and In-Facility Testing Now Available in New Brunswick

 

Ichor is now booking in-home COVID-19 antibody serology (blood) testing for those in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Toronto and the Niagara area! We are also providing COVID-19 antibody testing in Fredericton, NB via appointments at the Corrective Health Services Walk-in Blood Clinic. Appointments must be made prior to and will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis, so book yours today to beat the rush. Find out if you've come in contact with the virus and potentially have antibodies, all from the comfort of your own home or from a safe testing facility.

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Disclaimer: COVID-19 serology antibody testing is not used to determine whether a patient is actively infected with SARS-CoV-2. Rather, it is used to detect the likelihood of a past infection or exposure to the virus.

How our COVID-19 Antibody Serology Testing Service Works:

Ichor is extremely excited to launch this new service offering to help people identify if they have come in contact with SARS-CoV-2, and if they potentially have antibodies. Our COVID-19 antibody testing service works as follows: 

  • A one-time booking fee of $80 + GST Inside Alberta and $150 + HST outside of Alberta.
  • Booking fee includes your required physician requisition, Ichor in-home blood sample collection, and third party test processing

Test requisitions and in-home sample collections will be completed on a first come first serve basis, so book yours now to reserve your spot in line.

Bookings are being accepted on a first come first serve basis. 

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How Our Booking Process Works

We have been working extremely hard to implement and coordinate this service offering for our patients. While we hope to streamline this process even further in the near future, our structure for booking a COVID-19 serology antibody test is as follows: 

1. Book with Ichor

After filling out our booking form, you will be directed to our secure payment site to confirm your booking by paying for your COVID-19 Serology Antibody Test. 

2. Ichor Will Connect With You!

Once you have filled out the required forms we'll contact you shortly after to book your appointment time.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Antibody Testing?

When our body faces off against a virus our immune system creates antibodies to fight it. By testing for the antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 (the official name for the coronavirus which causes the disease COVID-19) and finding them within a patient, we can determine if people have been infected with the disease and likely have built up antibodies against it, at least for a short period of time.

Ichor has put in place COVID-19 protocols to limit the risk of transmitting the virus during our in-home lab collection appointment.

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How Does Antibody Testing Work?

Unlike other tests that diagnose COVID-19 through either a throat or nasal swab by looking for genetic evidence of the virus, antibody testing requires serology (a blood test) to see if our body's immune system has developed antibodies after fighting off SARS-CoV-2. The wonderful part about antibodies is that each one is specific to the virus or bacteria that it was produced to fight, so we can single them out and determine whether or not a person has been infected with that specific virus. Antibodies also last a lot longer in our bodies than the genetic material of the virus, allowing for a much wider window to detect it. 

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Why is Antibody Testing Important?

Antibody testing for COVID-19 is important because it may help identify those individuals who have recovered from the virus. Those who have the antibodies for COVID-19 most likely have developed some sort of protection or immunity against reinfection, at least for a short period of time, allowing them to return to work or other activities safely. Because the antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 remain in the body for a much longer period of time than the genetic material of the virus itself, antibody testing is also a great tool for determining past infections. As we begin to shift to the next phase of this pandemic, antibody testing is also being looked at as a way to help return things to the way they were before the virus struck.

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How Accurate is This COVID-19 Serology Antibody Test?

We collect for the Access SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody Test which features market-leading sensitivity and specificity. If your test result comes back negative, the negative result is reported with 99% certainty. If your test result is positive, a confirmatory test is then run. If your confirmatory test is positive, it will validate the presence of antibodies with a Positive Predictive Value of 99%.

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Is this COVID-19 Serology Antibody Test Designed to Identify an Active Infection of SARS-CoV-2?

No, the COVID-19 serology antibody test is only designed to determine a past infection or exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The antibodies that are created to fight off the virus usually appear around 7-14 days after contracting SARS-CoV-2. While it's possible that a serology antibody test could indicate a current infection, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing via a nasal or throat swab that looks for the genetic material of the virus is currently the best way to identify active SARS-CoV-2 infections. Please contact Health Link at 811 if you are currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or suspect that you may have COVID-19.

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When Will My Appointment be Scheduled After Booking My COVID-19 Serology Antibody Test?

Once we have all the required information and payment, our booking software will then provide email and text notifications of your appointment date and time. Please note that appointments will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis.

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How Do I Get My COVID-19 Antibody Test Results?

Your COVID-19 test results will be emailed to you with further instructions on how to interpret them.

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