EMPLOYERS: Please CLICK HERE to schedule your employees for testing.

COVID-19 Combination Testing

We combine Nasal Swab & Blood Antibody Testing to get you results in as fast as 5-minutes. 

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FOR OUR FRONT LINE HEROS

StarMed is proud to offer Paramedics, Fire Fighters, Police, Postal Workers, and Mecklenburg County Health Department staff free antibody testing for as long as we have kits available. If you are serving in one of these capacities, when scheduling your appointment please select “Front Line Hero” from the list of drop down options. During your Virtual Visit, simply notify your healthcare provider that you are working on the front line and when you arrive for your test, please also inform the StarMed Medical Assistant conducting your exam. We’ll take care of the rest and we thank you, as well as your families, for everything you do for our community during these challenging times. We stand firmly beside you in our fight against COVID-19.

StarMed Healthcare uses combination testing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The best and most effective way to test throughout this pandemic is Nasal Swab and Rapid Serology combination testing. Because these tests have different advantages and limitations, we leverage both methods when it makes sense to provide the most comprehensive results for our patients and research efforts across the country.”

~ Dr. Arin Piramzadian, CMO, StarMed Healthcare

False Negatives

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.

False Positives

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

Education

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.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • STEP 1: Schedule Virtual Visit through our website (enter information of each individual you want tested separately)
  • STEP 2: You will receive an Email Link for your Virtual Visit with our Provider.
  • STEP 3: If our Provider determines Nasal Swab or a Rapid-Test is necessary, you will be given a specific time to do your Drive-Thru test

*Please reserve your clinical questions for our providers. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to serve our community.

We have tested 513 individuals in the past week. Here are our ongoing results (updated at least weekly):

RESULTS SUMMARY – StarMed Healthcare, Charlotte, NC as of 5/27/20 2:13PM ET

TEST TYPE Total Tested Total Negative Total Positive % Positive
COVID-19
2,343
2,229
114
4.9%

StarMed Healthcare is sharing data collaboratively with Stanford and Wake Forest research programs to assist in their analysis of COVID-19.

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Disclaimer:

If we suspect you have a false negative or are considered high risk we will send off your specimen to our lab. 

  • Rapid Serum Antibody tests have not been reviewed by the FDA.
  • Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status.
  • Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals.
  • Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.
  • Patients selecting self-pay are attesting to the fact that they do not have any individual or group health plan that is in effect at the time they are filling out their information for testing.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Hi, I’m here to guide you through the Coronavirus Assessment Tool.

If you’re experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

I’m not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a medical professional for serious symptoms or emergencies.

Have you been in close contact (within 6 feet) with someone known to have coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 14 days?
Have you been told by a public health official that you may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Do you have a cough, have you felt like you have had a fever, or had a temperature of 100.4 or greater?
Are you experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
Do any of the following apply to you?

- 65 years old or older
- Diabetes
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Kidney or liver disease
- Active Cancer
- History of decreased immunity
- HIV
- Organ transplant recipient
- Homeless