Are Appointments Necessary?
No, you can visit the lab and request your tests without making an appointment. Please bring a medical insurance card and a filled-out test requisition form from your primary healthcare provider. Be aware that your wait time will depend on how busy the lab is. You can reduce your wait time by visiting during slow periods, typically anytime after 10:00a.m.
How Can I Prepare for Lab Testing?
For the most accurate bloodwork, doctors almost always recommend fasting (not eating or drinking anything except water) for 8+ hours before visiting the lab. This is because nutrients and chemicals from food and drinks enter your bloodstream and could impact your test results. Not all labs require fasting; speak with your doctor if you are unsure if you should fast before your test.
When Do I Receive My Results?
The SVMC laboratory typically has results within 24 to 48 hours. Some tests will require more time. If our lab is incapable of evaluating the sample, we will forward it to a facility that specializes in the testing required. Results from partner labs are usually returned in five days.
Results of your test are sent to your doctor. To view them yourself, you will need to contact your primary care physician and ask for a copy.
Why Do You Send Results to My Doctor and Not Me?
Though you may be the one requesting the lab test, these services are only performed with a doctor’s compliance. This is to avoid spending time and resources on unnecessary testing, which can end up costing you thousands of dollars. Additionally, medical lab test results are written specifically for people with medical training. If you do not have a medical education, you will likely need a doctor’s assistance interpreting the results.
Why Do I Need a Lab Test?
If your doctor has recommended a lab test, it means that they need more information to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. It is sometimes impossible to diagnose infections, diabetes, cancer and other diseases without laboratory testing. We recommend scheduling an appointment for lab testing the same day your doctor recommends a test.
A Full Menu of COVID-19 Testing, On Demand, No Doctor’s
+ DOES THIS TEST DETECT THE DELTA VARIANT?
The Delta variant is one of many mutations descended from the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. All testing at ARCpoint Labs of Salinas does detect cases of the Delta variant and all other currently known variants of interest. However, current testing methods typically do not tell the difference between variants, only returning a “positive” or “negative” for COVID-19 in general. Variant characterization by full genome sequencing is performed by the Monterey County Health Department Public Health Lab, and we submit all positive samples for consideration for this variant sequencing. It is the Public Health Departments’ prerogative which samples are sequenced and whether to report the results from such to the patient.
+ WILL THIS TEST SATISFY MY PRE-FLIGHT OR TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS?
Every country and state may have individual travel restrictions, and we always recommend checking in with the airline, destination country, and any countries or jurisdictions in which you have a layover to ensure that you are getting the required test for your travel plans. However, in general, PCR testing satisfies most pre-travel requirements and is generally recommended for travel testing. Most destinations require a test within 48 or 72 hours of departure or arrival, so please plan your appointment with us accordingly. Some destinations will accept rapid testing such as our NAAT or rapid antigen swabs. We do not do testing for Hawaii travel at this time, due to Hawaii state Department of Transportation regulations which designate only a small number of specifically listed labs as usable for Hawaii travel.
+ COVID-19 PCR TESTING
The PCR test is the most performed and well-understood COVID-19 test available, with millions performed around the country so far. This test looks for active virus in nasal swabs and other samples and delivers results in 2 days or less. Available for travel, pre-medical procedure, and for potential exposure or symptoms.
+ COVID-19 RAPID ANTIGEN TESTING
Learn whether you are carrying active virus in your body with a simple nasal swab. Get results back within 24 hours so you can make informed decisions with up-to-date information. FDA EUA authorized and performed in our Monterey Lab location.
+ THE ROLE OF ANTIBODY TESTING IN RESPONDING TO THE
GLOBAL PANDEMIC. “Test, test, test.” That was the advice given by WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus about how to get ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak that is shutting down communities across the entire United States. At ARCpoint Labs of Salinas, we have been proud to be at the forefront of offering COVID-19 testing options to patients, critical workers, and first responders on the Monterey Peninsula. We have been a collection point for the nasal swab RNA virus test since the beginning of the outbreak, and we were among the first locations in the nation to offer same-day Point Of Care drive-through antibody testing on April 1st. Now, with the emergence of powerful lab- based blood testing for COVID-19 antibodies, we are pleased to be able to offer this cutting-edge testing capability to our To quote another public health authority, “As we get to the point of at least considering ‘opening up the country,’ as it were, it’s very important to appreciate and to understand how much that virus has penetrated the society, because it’s very likely that there are a large number of people out there that have been infected, have been asymptomatic and did not know they were infected,” Fauci told CNN in an interview on March 10th. “If their antibody test is positive, one can formulate strategies about whether or not they would be at risk or vulnerable to getting reinfected.”
WHO IS THIS TEST FOR?
People who have been asymptomatic for at least seven days, who want to know if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past, who work in a high-risk profession, or for employers to screen their workforce.
DOES THIS TEST FOR/DIAGNOSE COVID-19?
NO! This screens for antibodies, which are a specialized type of immune cell your body produces in response to COVID-19. Antibody tests determine if someone was exposed or infected. We screen for IgG (late stage protectors). The body produces IgG antibodies in the late stages of infection, and in other coronaviruses can remain for months or even years after recovery, and can begin to paint a clinical picture of if/when/to what extent a population was infected. The SARS-CoV-2 IgG assay is designed to detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in blood from patients who are suspected of past coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that health care providers use serological tests to detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 to help identify people who may have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus or have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. These tests should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose COVID-19 but instead as information about whether a person may have been exposed.
IS THIS THE TEST WHERE THEY SHOVE A SWAB UP MY NOSE?
No. This test uses a venipuncture (blood draw) to confirm the presence of antibodies. Your blood specimen is sent to a reference lab and testing is done by CLIA certified and CAP accredited laboratory.
WHAT’S THE POINT OF THIS TEST?
The results of this test help identify people who have had COVID-19 and have now developed an immune response to it. In the future, this may potentially be used to help determine, together with other clinical data, that those people are no longer susceptible to infection and can return to work. An IgG positive result may suggest an immune response to a primary infection with SARS-CoV-2, but the relationship between IgG positivity and immunity to SARS-CoV-2 has not yet been firmly established. In addition, these test results can help in determining who may donate plasma, which may serve as a possible treatment for those who are seriously ill from COVID-19.
CAN THIS TEST BE PERFORMED ON SYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE?
Technically yes, but we DO NOT recommend it. In fact, the test information alludes to the idea that symptomatic individuals run the risk of test error.
WHAT’S THE BEST RESULT A PATIENT CAN GET ON THIS TEST?
This is a matter of opinion, but generally, IgG (+) would mean that the immune reaction happened in the past and that IgG antibodies are hanging around in the blood to prepare for future attacks.
IS THIS TEST FDA APPROVED?
All COVID-19 antibody testing currently performed at ARCpoint Labs of Salinas has been authorized by the FDA. A list of companies performing such antibody testing can be found on the FDA website at the following link: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-situations-medical-devices/emergency-use-authorizations#covid19ivd The IgG (single antibody test) is manufactured by Abbot Diagnostics.
CAN OTHER VERSIONS OF CORONAVIRUS CAN CAUSE A POSITIVE RESULT?
This test is for antibodies to the coronavirus family of viruses, of which COVID-19 is a member. All of the offered assays are highly specific for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with no known cross-reactivity to either other human coronaviruses or to other human respiratory pathogens. There may be unknown cross-reactivity with other closely related coronavirus strains, however in preliminary studies no such cross-reactivity has yet been identified.
DO I NEED TO CONFIRM THESE RESULTS WITH A VIRAL RNA TEST?
No. We are running these tests on asymptomatic individuals. You’ll learn if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past or that you haven’t had it at all. However, with some results, some healthcare providers may wish to perform a follow-up active viral test to rule out the possibility that a patient may currently be contagious. Your healthcare provider can offer specific guidance.
IF I’M POSITIVE FOR HAVING THE CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Depending on which type of antibodies you are positive for, you may already have had COVID-19, without realizing it, and recovered. Although our body of knowledge about COVID-19 is still evolving, the presence of antibodies is protective in other coronavirus strains like the SARS and MERS viruses responsible for prior outbreaks. Refer to your healthcare provider for professional guidance on whether your results combined with your history, location, and other factors should influence any decisions you make about self-isolation or social distancing.
WHAT IS THE CLINICAL SENSITIVITY AND SPECIFICITY FOR THIS TEST?
Our test that detects IgG only specifies 100% and 99.6% respectively. A test with 100% sensitivity correctly identifies all patients with antibodies (0% false negatives), and 99.6% specificity correctly identifies patients without antibodies the vast majority of the time, (.4% false positives).
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Fast Medical Testing in the Central Coast
Patients of Salinas Valley Medical Clinic have access to our diagnostic laboratory, where we perform thorough, efficient testing on various fluid and tissue samples. A highly qualified team of phlebotomists and state-licensed clinical lab scientists use state-of-the-art equipment to conduct a wide variety of tests. We recognize that patients want their results as fast as possible, and we typically forward findings to your doctor within 24 to 48 hours.
Learn more about lab testing on the following pages:
The Importance of Lab Testing
Body fluids and tissues contain comprehensive information on a person’s overall health that is not always visible to the naked eye.
Lab testing provides valuable information on:
- Bacterial infections
- Blood sugar levels
- Cancer diagnosis and progress
- Cholesterol levels
- Nutrients in blood
- White blood cell count
- HIV/AIDS diagnosis
- Sexually transmitted disease screening and diagnosis
The earlier a problem is found, the better chance you and your doctor have of treating it. Ask your doctor about medical lab testing during your next physical.
Lab Times & Locations
SVMC Health Care for Women Annex
252 San Jose Street, 2nd Floor, Salinas CA 93901
(Closed for Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm)
Glucose testing hours 7:30am-9:45am
Ultrasound 1 & 2: Monday-Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm (Open through lunch)
SVMC Central Coast Cardiology
230 San Jose Street, Salinas, CA 93901
Glucose testing hours 7:00am-9:00am
Taylor Farms Family Health and Wellness Center
850 5th Street, Gonzales, CA 93926
(Closed for Lunch 11:30am to 12:00pm)
Glucose testing hours 7:00am to 9:30am
SVMC PrimeCare Salinas
355 Abbott Street, Suite 100, Salinas, CA 93901
Glucose testing hours 6:30am to 1:00pm
SVMC PrimeCare North Salinas
1328 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA
Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 2:30pm
(Closed for Lunch 12:15pm to 1:00pm)
Glucose testing hours 7:30am to 10:00am
SVMC Ryan Ranch
5 Lower Ragsdale, Suite 102, Monterey, CA 93940
(Closed for Lunch 11:15am to 12:00pm)
Glucose testing hours 7:30am to 9:30am
Boston Heart testing available
I understand that this test looks for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, NOT the virus itself. Testing for viral RNA, via PCR analysis, is performed only in specifically designated places and on patients who meet a strict pre-test criteria.
I am electing to have this antibody test to assess whether I have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 in the past. This antibody test is likely to be most accurate 14 days or more after initial appearance of symptoms or initial exposure to SARS-COV-2.
I understand that this antibody test has been authorized by the FDA for use in the COVID-19 pandemic emergency under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). See FDA website for “Emergency Use Authorizations” to find a listing of all antibody tests authorized for use in the United States, including our IgG test (manufactured by Abbot Diagnostics).
I also understand that the results of this test may be given to the department of health or CDC for their statistical and demographic value. I will be supplied with a copy of the Behavioral Guidelines sheet for my/my employer’s reference on how to interpret the results I am provided with.
Once I am given my results for this test, I understand that they are only a preliminary measure of IgG antibodies (qualitative measure) and that the values of antibodies (quantitative measures) may vary.
This test does not guarantee immunity to COVID-19 or any other viral disease. I additionally understand that if I choose to misrepresent symptoms or the resolution of symptoms, the results may be less reliable.
You will be provided a copy of ARCPoint Labs of Monterey Bay’s HIPAA Compliance Document if you desire it at the time of your appointment.
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