We have run out of rapid testing. The testing we were using submitted for emergency EUA (emergency use authorization) according to the guidelines and is still awaiting approval by the FDA. In the meantime, the FDA approved antibody IgG testing (past infection) is more readily available from Quest and LabCorp and has a higher reliability and validity AND is usually covered by insurances so we have elected to offer that test. Please schedule your appointment to order.
Rapid Antibody Testing
While supplies last, Garden Pediatrics is offering Covid-19 rapid immunoglobulin testing for those who would like it.
Rapid immunoglobin testing is in it’s early stages for Covid-19. You might have heard all the news articles discussing how unavailable tests are, how variable test results are and what types of testing is recommended. Currently, only one test distributed by Abbot Laboratories is FDA approved. We are on the waiting list to obtain the device that analyzes the samples. The technology itself for this type of evaluation is not new. We commonly do the same type of test to check for Mononucleosis (EBV virus). However, testing for this particular virus is new. Given the urgency and the rapid escalation of the panemic, the FDA gave the green light to different companies to market and manufacture their tests despite limited studies. We have been able to obtain one of those (please see the test documentation that follows). It evaluates for the presence of IgM (current) and IgG (past) infections. Due to a high demand, we’re not sure how long we’ll be able to meet the need but are determined to do what we can to expand testing to our patients and community. The testing is not perfect. In medical terms, test sensitivity is the ability of a test to correctly identify those with the disease (true positive rate), whereas test specificity is the ability of the test to correctly identify those without the disease (true negative rate). The test we have has a 100% specificity and a 93% sensitivity rate. Unfortunately most tests will inherently have flaws wether it be false negative or false positives; however we feel confident that we have selected an acceptable alternative for rapid testing at this time while we await being selected for the FDA-approved tests. Ultimately our goal is to help identify and isolate those who may have been exposed to Covid or unknowingly be infected with the virus in a timely manner to help prevent further spread.
Please call the office to schedule an appointment (909) 792-8866.
-Patients are required to schedule a telemedicine visit which will be an insurance charge. The cost of the test itself is $65 and is outside of insurance.
Adult family members can add on testing for themselves to the visit for $65 each
Children and adolescents need to schedule a telemedicine appointment ($80 for the telemedicine visit – if we’re in-network with your insurance, we’re happy to register you however we would need to create that “chart” in our system) and can have the rapid test done for $65 (Total $145 for the whole visit if cash for all).
Adults can schedule for $75 per person “MA only visit”. Person being tested will call office just upon arrival to the parking lot and indicate that they are here and what parking bay they are in, color/type of vehicle. He/she will be given instructions of when to proceed to the outdoor testing site
The results take about 15 minutes to obtain. We ask that those being tested remain in their car while they await the results. Results will be handed to them on a sheet of paper giving further instructions.
You likely have not been infection in the past or currently. Continue social distancing per current county recommendations.
If positive IgG
You likely have been infected in the past but are currently not infected. Please either make a telemed follow up appointment with your Garden Pediatrics doctor or PNP. If not a Garden Pediatrics patient, please make an appointment with your doctor.
If positive IgM and no symptoms
You may be an asymptomatic carrier. Please make sure you self isolate as much as possible. We advise wearing a mask around family members as well if over the age of 2. Please either make a telemed follow up appointment with your Garden Pediatrics doctor or PNP for the following business day. If not a Garden Pediatrics patient, please make an appointment with your doctor. You will also need to be swabbed approximately 10 days after your being positive.
If positive IgM + symptoms
You currently have Covid-19. Please follow recommendations given to you at the time of your telemedicine appointment today and make a follow up appointment to have a telemedicine visit on the following business day. If not a Garden Pediatrics patient, please make an appointment with your doctor. Please make sure you self isolate as much as possible. We advise wearing a mask around family members as well if over the age of 2. We will want to obtain a nasopharyngeal swab at least 72 hours after no longer symptomatic.
The following resources cover information about the test being used: