COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Information

There are two types of tests available for COVID-19 screening: antibody and diagnostic.

Diagnostic Tests: Check samples from your respiratory system (such as swabs of the inside of the nose or mouth) to tell if you currently have an active COVID-19 infection (SARS-CoV2).

  Molecular (RT-PCR/NAAT) Diagnostic Testing at Marque

Molecular (RT-PCR) tests detect genetic material of the virus. It’s the Gold Standard of testing and the most accurate. Approved for most travel and surgery-clearance.

  Antigen Testing at Marque

Detects proteins that are part of the virus. They are less accurate than Molecular tests, but process faster.

  How the Sample is Taken

Molecular: Mid-nasal swab (no brain-tickling here)

Antigen: Mid-nasal swab (no brain-tickling here)

  How Long It Takes to Get Results

Molecular
1. Lab-Sent (LabCorp, Quest or WestPacific): 1-7 days, based on lab volume
2. On-Site Rapid Molecular*: 30-minute processing time and 1-4 hours reporting of results
*FDA Authorized under EUA, Accula SARS-Cov 2 Test, Mesa Biotech Inc., San Diego
3. 24-hour Lab-Sent: 12-24 hours results guaranteed

Antigen
1. On-Site Rapid Antigen*: 15-minute processing time and 1-4 hours reporting of results
*FDA Authorized under EUA, BD Veritor Plus, Franklin Lakes, NJ

  Accuracy of Tests

Molecular: This test is highly accurate and usually does not need to be repeated

Antigen: Positive results are usually highly accurate, but negative results are around 80% accurate and may need to be confirmed with a molecular test.

  What It Can’t Do

Molecular: Show if you ever had COVID-19 or were infect with COVID-19 in the past

Antigen: Definitively rule out active COVID-19 infection. Antigen tests are more likely to miss an active infection compared to molecular tests.

  Cost of Tests

Molecular
1. Lab-Sent (LabCorp, Quest or WestPacific): Covered by insurance
2. On-Site Rapid Molecular: $250, not submitted to insurance
3. 24-hour Lab-Sent: $180, not submitted to insurance

Antigen
1. On-Site Rapid Antigen: $180, not submitted to insurance

More Questions? Please visit our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page

All Marque Clinics Offer Serum Antibody IgM/IgG Testing. For More Information visit our Serum Antibody IgM/IgG (Blood Test) Information page.