Namida Lab announced the launch of its partnership with Heartland Pharmacy to offer Namida’s COVID-19 antibody testing to the general public. Namida Lab will use Heartland Pharmacy’s Fayetteville and Rogers locations as initial collection sites for antibody testing to the citizens of Northwest Arkansas with future expansions to include Heartland’s other locations in Northwest Arkansas as well their pharmacies in Central Arkansas and the River Valley. These antibody testing services are arriving on the heels of Northwest Arkansas’ largest weekly increase in COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Antibody testing, also known as serology testing, differs from the commonly known “swab” test (PCR) in that it does not indicate the current presence of COVID-19. Antibody testing determines whether you’ve had COVID-19 in the past and whether you’ve developed antibodies against the virus.
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What is antibody testing?
Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections. Antibody testing (also called serology testing) uses blood samples to look for evidence of the body’s immune response to the virus. Antibody testing is vital in helping us understand the pervasiveness of COVID-19 in our community.
What does a positive test result mean?
A positive antibody test means 1.) you were exposed to SARS-CoV2 at some point in the past, and 2.) your immune system was robust enough to launch an antibody-forming immune response.
What does a negative test result mean?
A negative test suggests that you were not exposed to SARS-CoV-2 or have not yet developed antibodies. Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly for those who have been in contact with the virus. If you test too soon after exposure, your body may not have time to produce enough antibodies to be detected by the test.
Are these antibody tests reliable?
Yes, the version of the tests that Namida Labs are doing are very reliable and highly accurate. They have done extensive validation of this test in their laboratory and have confirmed it works.
How is this test performed and when will I receive my results?
It’s a simple process. Blood is collected via venipuncture and sent to Namida Labs. Once it arrives at the lab, they process the blood, and it is tested on their high capacity automated equipment. The results are either a yes or no (qualitative) – it tells you if you have it in your system even though you may not have symptoms – it’s a 24 – 48-hour turnaround from when the blood sample arrives at our lab.
Where are the testing locations near me?
We are performing tests at our Fayetteville and Rogers locations.
- 1450 East Zion Road, Suite 1, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703
- 1735 W Walnut St., Rogers, Arkansas 72756
To learn more about Namida Labs or to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 antibody testing at Heartland Pharmacy, visit namidalab.com/antibody-test today!
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in the state of Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Department of Health’s website.
Our staff and team members would like to remind you to please wear a mask to your appointment and to call your health provider before scheduling an appointment if you feel sick or have had a fever within the last 3 full days, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, have been directly exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have a compromised immune system, a condition that makes it difficult to fight infections.