We offer both PCR (nasal swab) & Rapid Antibody Testing.
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StarMed Healthcare is a Charlotte based independently owned and operated Primary & Urgent Care Practice.
Open 7 Days a week and evenings for our community.
When might I expect a false negative result?
If you are tested before your body builds up the necessary antibodies to fight COVID-19 and you are tested only with the rapid antibody test, it is likely you will test negative. For this reason we feel it is absolutely imperative to provide combination testing, utilizing molecular PCR testing (nasal swab) for early infection, symptomatic, and high risk patients along with rapid antibody testing where it makes sense.
When might I expect a false positive result?
There are seven known corona viruses to effect human beings, one of which is COVID-19. Two others were SARS and MERS which were not highly prevalent in the US. The other four corona viruses are: 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1. Although there is seemingly no reliable prevalence data on these four, these strains are likely more common and could be reason for a false positive. Link to study
Why is education around testing types important?
Emphasizing proper combination testing protocols along with appropriate patient education is a must at this time. StarMed utilizes both antibody and PCR tests when false negatives are more likely to occur. Better testing will be available to healthcare providers by the fall of 2020. Please take the time to educate yourself on all available test types. If you have any questions we will always be a resource for you and your family.
We have tested 793 individuals in the past week. Here are our ongoing results (updated at least weekly):
RESULTS SUMMARY – StarMed Healthcare, Charlotte, NC as of 6/19/20 5:47PM ET
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Our team of molecular biologists perform tests onsite and obtain results using our QuantStudio™ 7 Flex Real-Time PCR Instrument.
CHARLOTTE PATIENT TESTING
COUNTY PATIENT TESTING
If we suspect you have a false negative or are considered high risk we will send off your specimen to our lab.