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
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.
*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|
StarMed Healthcare is sharing data collaboratively with Stanford and Wake Forest research programs to assist in their analysis of COVID-19.
If we suspect you have a false negative or are considered high risk we will send off your specimen to our lab.