Option 1: Your healthcare Provider.
Option 2: Urgent Care
- Please call ahead to a local Urgent care for COVID-19 testing
- To find a testing site: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
Option 3: Local Pharmacies
- Many local pharmacies have testing kits available.
- List of local pharmacies for testing: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
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
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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
- Phone: 1-585-396-0222
- Phone: 1-585-554-4400
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
- U Version OptionsTestingHeadline 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