Fredericton COVID-19 Testing

Ichor Blood Services is now accepting bookings for our COVID-19 testing in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Our service allows you to see if you’ve potentially come in contact with SARS-CoV-2 and now have the antibodies for the virus, or complete an asymptomatic PCR swab test if you need one for your travel plans or safe return back to work. Collections will be conducted at the Corrective Health Services Walk-in Blood Clinic (located beside the back entrance of the Brookside Mall) at 435 Brookside Drive, Unit 34, Fredericton, NB E3A 8V4. 

The tests we offer at this location are the Fisher TaqPath Combo Kit for PCR active virus testing, and the BTNX Rapid Response serology test for antibodies, with positives confirmed by the Beckman Coulter Access Test. Samples are ship to StageZero Life Sciences lab in Richmond, Virginia and results are provided by secure patient portal within 48 hours. 

At this time the clinic has opened limited appointments on Monday's from 1pm to 230pm. If the demand for these tests results in all spots being filled up, Ichor will discuss addiing additional hours or days to the schedule.

IMPORTANT NOTE! If you purchase one of these tests you must complete an intake form for the StageZero lab as well

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  How to Access Results

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.


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. 


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.


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%.


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.

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