COVID-19 Testing at Firelands
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country and the world, Firelands Regional Health System is able to offer our community many different testing options for the virus.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider first. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can utilize Firelands Virtual Care to discuss your illness. The important thing to remember is that COVID-19 tests require a doctor’s order and a scheduled appointment for swabs. To schedule an appointment, please call central scheduling at 419-557-7840.
If you have an appointment and need directions to the testing location, click the button below for more information.
Drive-Up Testing Directions
Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR testing, is considered the “gold standard” for the diagnosis of COVID-19. PCR testing is appropriate for all patient populations and varying levels of exposure. It detects the presence of the disease by replicating DNA from COVID-19 virus present in a patient’s sample. This test requires a deep nasal (nasopharyngeal) swab for specimen collection. Typical turnaround times range from one to four days from the time of collection.
More Info on PCR Testing
Antigen testing is best indicated for individuals with known exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 and is exhibiting symptoms of the infection. Generally, an antigen test is less specific than PCR testing, but can still be used as a diagnostic tool. It works by identifying a reaction between specific chemicals and virus particles present in a patient sample that appear to be COVID-19. If a reaction occurs in the test, the patient is positive for COVID-19.
This test requires a swab just inside the nostril for specimen collection. Turnaround times range from 15 minutes to 24 hours from the time of collection.
More Info on Antigen Testing
An antibody test is used to determine a past infection of COVID-19. This test cannot diagnose a current active infection. Testing should occur three to four weeks after possible COVID-19 infection. This is a blood test that can be collected at any Firelands outpatient draw location. Turnaround times range from one to three days.
Your test results will be available through your ordering physician or through the Firelands patient portal. Laboratory and specimen collection associates are not able to provide patients with results.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides further guidance on testing. Here are some helpful resources to consider:
Drive-Up Testing Directions
COVID-19 testing is located at the Firelands campus on Milan Road in front of Walmart. Please pull up to the parking spots, which are numbered on the East corner of the building closest to Walmart.