Quest Diagnostics is offering COVID-19 antibody testing kits for customers to purchase online and have mailed to their residences.
Patients can fill out an online form that will be reviewed by Quest physicians to determine if the individual qualifies for a test.
The antibody tests will be granted for those who have tested positive for coronavirus and have not had any symptoms in the past seven days, or have not had new or worsening symptoms in the past 10 days, the company said.
Those who have never been diagnosed with the virus, but suspect they have been exposed to the virus, will also be granted a test, the company said.
If qualified by the screening, customers will be charged $119 for a kit that Quest will mail to them.
The patient can take the kit to one of Quest’s 2,200 patient centers, including six in Berks County, where blood will be drawn.
The results will be available online on Quest’s website within a few days.
Quest will provide a doctor to speak with patients about the results.
Antibodies can identify if a person has been exposed to the virus and has developed an immunity.
The test does not diagnose if the infection is present, according to Kim Gorode, Quest spokeswoman.
“With the introduction of this test and service, Quest is making it easy for people to access quality testing for antibodies to the virus, which causes COVID-19, with access to physician interpretation and steering into needed care,” said Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Quest.
The online service is available on Quest website here.
For more information on the sites and making an appointment: https://appointment.questdiagnostics.com/patient/confirmation.
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