Wit’s End Covid-19
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These are certainly unprecedented times! During the pandemic, while Wit’s End’s existence as a restaurant and bar has been placed on hold, we have joined forces with the licensed medical practice of Dr. Benjamin Stein, MD, who is using our space to offer a streamlined and patient-centric testing experience.
Starting May 8th, the practice will be offering Covid-19 Antibody Testing for anyone who wants it in a pop-up clinic built in our converted restaurant space. This testing is to provide information on whether a person has previously been exposed to, and likely has some immunity to, SARS-CoV-2. We will not be testing anyone who has active symptoms consistent with Covid-19 or has recently been diagnosed with Covid-19 (within the last 2 weeks).
Studies have shown that perhaps over 50% of those infected with SARS-CoV-2 are asymptomatic. We are offering a test consisting of a simple blood draw (performed by experienced phlebotomists) to measure the IgM and IgG antibodies created in the bodies of people previously infected by SARS-CoV-2. Blood specimens are processed and sent to leading laboratories that are running the most accurate testing available.
We have cleaned, sterilized and re-organized Wit’s End to provide all patients a safe, quick, socially distanced care experience. Masks will be mandatory for all visitors and strict 6’ distancing guidelines are in effect. Furthermore, a very brief history and your temperature and oxygen levels will be taken upon arrival. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who falls outside the acceptable ranges of established criteria.
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- A blood test performed by a professional that looks for proteins your body produces to help fight infections (antibodies), specifically for those that fight Covid-19.
- It looks for BOTH short-term (IgM) and long-term (IgG) antibodies (Abs). IgM antibodies are created first by the body in response to an infection. IgG antibodies are created afterwards and generally represent a stronger and more specific immune system response.
- Presence of long-term Abs (IgG) may indicate a past Covid-19 infection.
- Presence of long-term Abs (IgG) may indicate future immunity from Covid-19 for an, as of yet, undefined period of time.
- This is NOT the best test for active Covid-19 infection (which is known as a PCR test)!
NOTE: A positive result does not guarantee immunity from Covid-19.
- Test is FOR people WITHOUT symptoms of Covid-19.
- This test is FOR people who want to determine if they may have been exposed to Covid-19 (may have had symptoms or been an asymptomatic carrier).
- If you:
- Currently HAVE symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or body aches), or
- HAVE HAD symptoms within the last 7 days, or
- HAVE tested positive for Covid-19 in last 14 days (via PCR test),
- Patients of ALL ages (1 and up) are welcome
- There are two types of available antibody tests on the market
- Blood draw (more reliable and accurate)
- Finger Prick (less reliable and accurate, immediate results)
- OUR TEST REQUIRES A BLOOD DRAW
- A small sample of blood is drawn from a vein in your arm and tested off-site
- Results are communicated to you in 2 - 5 days
- If you have questions you can speak with our doctor or other clinical providers
The cost of services related to the test is $119, which include:
- Onboarding, Screening, and Rx for test
- A blood draw (phlebotomy)
- Informational handouts
- Timely communication of test results and implications.
- Opportunity to consult with our clinical providers if any questions.
- A letter certifying the results.
- Referral to clinical services / specialists as needed.
The laboratory charges an additional fee of $50-$70 for running the Antibody test.
- This fee should definitely be fully covered by insurance.
- The lab will bill your insurance company directly for the test.
- If you don’t have insurance, or your insurance does not cover the test, you will be billed by the lab directly.
We are opened: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 5:30 And Saturday from Noon to 4:30. We will safely and quickly screen you, draw your blood, answer any questions, and get you on your way! If you have futher questions, you may call us at 857-259-6168.
- Not all of the labs we use have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for their antibody testing. For the purposes of a faster turnaround, we may send your samples to a lab that has validated their testing and has been authorized by the FDA to run their antibody testing
- Positive test results are NOT a guarantee of immunity
- It is not yet known how long any immunity might last
- Testing positive for antibodies is not a guarantee that you have the antibodies - you should continue to follow appropriate social distancing guidelines
- A positive test does NOT necessarily mean you are not contagious
- Negative results do NOT rule out prior current Covid-19 infection. If symptoms arise, call your doctor.
- Unlike other antibody tests, there is no cross-reactivity with antibodies for non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E, but false positives might still occur.
- Based on early studies, the sensitivity of this IgG antibody test for identifying SARS-CoV-2 RNA positive subjects was reported to be 91.2, and with both IgG and IgM antibody testing, it was 95.6.
- The specificity in SARS-CoV-2 RNA negative subjects was reported to be 96.0 when IgG and IgM were used in combination.