Calgary COVID-19 Testing

Need COVID-19 testing in Calgary? Then you've come to the right place. Ichor Blood Services is accepting bookings for our COVID-19 antibody serology and PCR swab test on a first come first serve basis. Using our mobile lab collection expertise, we can facilitate COVID-19 testing to help determine if you or your loved ones have potentially come in contact with SARS-CoV-2 and now have the antibodies for the virus, or complete a swab test required for a flight or return to work. All without ever having to leave the comfort and safety of your own home. 

Ichor has recently shifted to a made in Alberta solution for our COVID-19 testing. This has resulted in a quicker turnaround for testing results and a steep reduction in the cost for both the antibody and PCR swab test, which are both now Health Canada approved.


Pricing

The PCR Hologic Aptima SARS-CoV-2 test for active infections is now $120 and the Roche Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody test for past infections is now $80. Results are targeted to be delivered within 48 hours of collection.

Test results will be emailed to you upon completion with further instructions.


To order your test all you need to do is fill out the form below, submit payment, and one of our agents will be in touch to schedule your appointment time in Calgary. Please note that medical questions are asked on the below form. This is to ensure the correct information is collected for your test and sent to the lab. The form is encrypted and HIPAA-compliant, ensuring your data and medical history is secure.

For groups requiring a single invoice and point of contact, please give us a call at 1-844-ICHOR2U.

COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST AND COVID-19 PCR SWAB TEST BOOKING FORM


COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST AND COVID-19 PCR SWAB TEST BOOKING FORM

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 Test Results?

You will be sent an email with instructions on how to access your results.

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