Testing

COVID-19 Testing

Option 1: Your healthcare Provider.

Option 2: Urgent Care

Option 3: Local Pharmacies

Option 3: Finger Lakes Community Health 

If a test is needed, all of our health centers are set up for “drive-up” testing in our parking lots allowing them to socially distance themselves from other patients and staff. You MUST call first.  

  • Please call (315) 781-8448 

Need asymptomatic COVID-19 testing Victor Farmington Ambulance may be able to help you. Email for an appointment info@victorfarmingtonambulance.org    

(Updated 9/1/2021)

COVID-19 Testing

Diagnostic (Swab) verses Antibody (Serum)

There has been a lot of talk about COVID-19 testing in the news. Diagnostic (nasopharyngeal swab) testing is not the same as an antibody test. 

Diagnostic testing: Diagnostic tests check samples from your respiratory system (such as swabs of the inside of the nose) to tell you if you currently have an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Diagnostic testing is used to diagnose COVID-19. 

All diagnostic testing for COVID 19 in Ontario County should be through your healthcare provider. Some Urgent Care facilities are also doing COVID-19 testing. You should call the Urgent Care Center before going if you think you may have COVID-19.

If you do not have a healthcare provider call one of our three Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHC).  

Finger Lakes Community Health: 

  • Phone: 1-315-781-8448

Jordan Health:

  • Phone: 1-585-396-0222

Mosaic Health:

If you are having trouble getting COVID-19 testing, call Ontario County Public Health and speak to a Registered Nurse (1-585-396-4558).  

Antibody blood test: Antibody blood tests, also called serologic tests. Antibody tests heck your blood (serum) for antibodies that would show if you have had a previous infection. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off germs. Antibody testing is not used to diagnose COVID-19. A serologic test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1 to 3 weeks to make antibodies after symptoms occur.

Unknowns: We do not know yet if having antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 can protect someone from getting infected with that virus again, or how long that protection might last. Scientists are doing studies to answer those questions.

Antibody Testing Availability:

Currently, providing BOTH diagnostic and serologic antibody testing:

  • WellNow Urgent care in Geneva has the ability to do both COVID-19 diagnostic testing and antibody testing. To learn more about eligibility and cost please, visit their website. WellNow
  • Finger Lakes Health, Urgent Care in Geneva has the ability to do both COVID-19 diagnostic testing and antibody testing. To learn more about eligibility and cost please, visit their website. Finger Lakes Health, Urgent Care      
  • University of Rochester and affiliated doctor offices across Ontario County now have the ability to provide antibody testing. To learn more about eligibility and cost, please visit their website. COVID-19 Testing- U of R Sites

If you test positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, you still should take preventive measures to protect others: Prevent COVID-19

(Updated 9/1/2021)