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COVID-19 Testing at Wellstar Health System

As part of our commitment to helping Georgia fight COVID-19, Wellstar Health System is offering COVID-19 testing and antibody testing across our hospitals, health parks, offices and urgent care centers.

Tests for COVID-19 diagnose the current presence of the virus, while an antibody test determines whether you have been previously infected by the COVID-19 virus.

For patients who may be experiencing symptoms, are worried they may be a carrier of the virus or have fought off a previous case of the disease, our medical experts can select the proper test.


COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

Wellstar is conducting COVID-19 testing across all hospitals, health parks, offices and urgent care locations.

The timing of results can vary, but most are received within 1 to 2 days.

All Wellstar physicians can refer patients for screening and COVID-19 testing, and anyone experiencing symptoms should contact one of the above locations.


What happens during COVID-19 testing?

  • A Nasopharyngeal swab is administered to collect a sample. This means a swab is inserted through the nose to collect nasal secretions from the back of the nose and throat.

  • The timing of results can vary, but most are received within 1 to 2 days.

  • Testing is available to those who meet screening criteria. A medical professional must determine that someone is eligible for a test. You can use the Wellstar Virtual Assessment Tool to help determine whether you should reach out to a Wellstar health expert.

  • 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 or emergency department.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Antibody blood tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which show if you had a previous COVID-19 infection.

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.


What happens during Antibody Testing?

  • Antibody testing requires a blood draw. The patient has a small sample of blood collected in a syringe.

  • Results are usually available in less than 24 hours.

  • Tests are right for those who experienced symptoms 10 days ago or longer. This is because it takes 10 days for antibodies to develop a dominant antibody reaction in the blood.

  • These test samples can be collected at any Wellstar Health Park, primary care or physician's office, or urgent care location. Contact an office to make an appointment.

Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose someone who may have a current case of COVID-19. To see if you have a current infection, you need a viral test, which checks respiratory samples, such as a swab from inside your nose.


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