COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST COLLECTION & COVID-19 PCR TEST COLLECTION

Please select your city from the list below to fill out the online booking form for the COVID-19 Antibody Serology Testing or PCR Swab Testing for Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, and Niagara Falls, ON. We're working hard to serve as many areas as possible. If your city is not listed, please fill out our contact form at the bottom of the page to request it.

CALGARY  |   EDMONTON  |  NIAGARA FALLS  |  RED DEER  |   MEDICINE HAT

CALGARY, AB 

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EDMONTON, AB 

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NIAGARA FALLS, ON 

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RED DEER, AB 

Ichor Blood Services - Calgary Alberta

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB 

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For COVID-19 Antibody Serology Testing or Cancer Screening Testing, select the city that applies to you:

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Book COVID-19 Travel Tests?

Step 1: Choose your city. Book Your Test. Make Your Payment. Secure Your Appointment.
 

 Step 1: For Calgary  Step 1: For Edmonton  Step 1: Medicine Hat  Step 1: For Red Deer  Step 1: For Fredericton  Step 1: Niagara Falls
 

Step 2: AFTER you have secured your appointment, you will also need to complete the intake form for the lab. Please do not complete this form unless you have a confirmed appointment. (Note that this form works best on Google Chrome or Firefox browsers and does not support Internet Explorer).

 Step 2: Complete the Intake Form
 

Step 3: Results will then be emailed through an encrypted message as soon as they are made available. Every effort will be made for a 48-hour* turnaround time; however, this time is not guaranteed as there are other factors that may delay this process. 

Example Of Active PCR Test Result  Example Of Antibody Serology Test Result

*Please note, we will try our best for a 48-hour turnaround time; however, simply cannot guarantee this time due to limitations outside of our control. If our sample shipment experiences delays due to weather or unforeseen issues at customs, we may be able to refund your booking fees, but cannot be held responsible for any additional travel costs that may be incurred to rescheduled or cancelled flights. Attempting to travel during COVID-19 is a risk and we sincerely will do everything we can to get help you to your destination.

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.

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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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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.

Contact Us for Corporate or Large Group Test Collection for the COVID-19 Antibody or COVID-19 Active PCR Test, or for Travel Testing Test Collection Services for the COVID-19 Antibody or Active PCR Test.

Please note that we only offer COVID Test Collection Services for Corporations or Large Group Bookings and Travel tests at this time. Due to the overgrowing demand for COVID testings, other test collection services are not available at this time including Mobile Lab Collection Services, Pregnancy Tests Collection Services, STD/STI Screening Test Collection Services, and Prescription Delivery Services

*Disclaimer: Unregulated virtual care technologies increase the risk that your personal health information may be intercepted or disclosed to third parties. These tools are being used as an extraordinary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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