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As part of our commitment to help Georgia fight COVID-19, Wellstar Health System is offering COVID-19 diagnostic testing — including PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 tests — as well as antibody testing across our hospitals, health parks, medical offices, pediatric locations and urgent care centers.
Rapid antigen COVID-19 testing is also now available at many Wellstar primary care and pediatric locations. For more information, call your specific healthcare provider’s office.
Before you or a loved one gets tested, it’s important to know:
Use the information below to find the best place to get tested, depending on your medical circumstance.
When it comes to COVID-19 testing, it’s essential to know the best testing location for your medical circumstance. However, where you should go to get tested depends on your level of exposure and severity of COVID-19 symptoms:
You can also “know where to go” by using the chart below.
Go to the right location for your medical circumstance.
Refer to the sections below for specific information about the types of COVID-19 testing offered by Wellstar Health System.
Wellstar is offering two different types of COVID-19 testing: PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. Both of these tests diagnose the current presence of the virus.
All Wellstar physicians can refer patients for screening and COVID-19 testing, and anyone experiencing symptoms should contact a medical professional for eligibility.
|Detection Method||Testing Method||Turnaround Time||Accuracy|
|PCR||Genetic material from the virus||Processed in a laboratory||Typically within 24 hours, but same-day at select Wellstar urgent care centers if testing is completed by noon||Highly accurate|
|Rapid||Specific proteins from the virus||Processed at point-of-care||Typically within 15 to 30 minutes||Mostly accurate|
If you feel you need a COVID-19 diagnostic test, contact any Wellstar primary care physician or seek care at any Wellstar urgent care center, health park, medical office, pediatric location or emergency department.
Antibody blood tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which show if you had a previous COVID-19 infection. These tests should not be used to diagnose someone who may have a current case of COVID-19.
Depending on the timing of the infection, the test may not find antibodies in someone with a current or recent COVID-19 case. It can take 1 to 3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. It is unclear whether having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the COVID-19 again, or how long that protection might last.