Calgary COVID-19 Testing

We are now offering private COVID-19 corporate and travel testing at our new office in Calgary! Check below for more information. 

Ichor is offering both a COVID-19 serology IgM/IgG antibody test, as well as a COVID-19 PCR test through StageZero Life Sciences with a targeted 48-hour result turnaround. (Please note, we cannot guarantee result turnaround time due to shipping factors outside of our control). Results will be directly emailed via encrypted message as soon as they are posted, and they can be printed for your trip. Follow the steps below to get an Active COVID-19 PCR Travel Test and a COVID-19 Antibody Travel Test at our Calgary location.

 

Follow These 3 Steps to Facilitate Your Travel Test

Note that If you are a corporation or large group looking to set up an account with Ichor, please email us, or call us directly hitting extension 4 with your inquiry, and one of our representatives will be glad to assist you.


Step 1Book Your Travel Test. Click the link, and choose your city. Next, choose your test, then pick a date and time, and secure your payment. Once your appointment is secure, move on to step 2 and fill out the intake form.


 Step 1: Book COVID Travel Test(s)

 

Step 2: Fill out the intake form. 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 for Your COVID Travel Test(s)


Step 3: Get Your Test Results After 48-hours*. Results will then be emailed through an encrypted email 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.

Below are examples of what an Active COVID PCR and a COVID Antibody Test Result would look like:

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

*Please note, every effort will be made for a 48-hour turnaround time; however, we cannot guarantee this timeframe 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 promise to do the best we can to get you to your destination.


For Corporate or Large Group Bookings, Email or Call Ichor Directly

If you are a corporation or large group looking to facilitate testing for your group or organization, please email us directly with your inquiry, or call us and dial extension 4 for business development for assistance.
 

 Email Ichor for Corporate Bookings     Call Ichor at 1-844-424-6728, and Press 4

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Book Corporate COVID-19 Tests?

If you are a corporation or large group looking to set up an account with Ichor, please email us directly with your inquiry, or call us and dial extension 4 for business development for assistance.

 Email Ichor for Corporate Bookings     Call Ichor at 1-844-424-6728, and Press 4

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.

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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How Do I Get My COVID-19 Test Results?

You will be sent an email with instructions on how to access your results. Results will be ready within 48-72 hours.

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