Oakdale ObGyn does not offer COVID-19 testing but our hospital partners do. If you are scheduled for surgery Hospital, pre-op COVID-19 testing will be completed 48-96 hours prior to surgery day. Our surgery schedulers will assist you with coordinating your testing clinic locations that will meet the time limit requirements for receiving results. All COVID-19 testing needs to be done after you have passed your pre-op history and physical exam.
Many sites around the state offer COVID-19 testing for people experiencing symptoms. The following updates from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Fairview Health Services are provided for informational purposes.
Who should get tested for COVID-19? *
People who do not have symptoms should generally not be tested for COVID-19.
The people who should be tested now are people who have symptoms of COVID-19, especially hospitalized patients, health care workers, patients and staff in congregate care settings, dialysis and other patients including outpatients.
MDH may also recommend that people get tested in certain situations, such as a setting where an outbreak is occurring.
Should I Get Tested for COVID-19?
Minnesota’s screening tool to help you determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.
Where is COVID-19 testing available? *
Many primary care clinics and hospitals across the state have the ability to collect samples (specimens) for lab testing. Call your health care provider before going to the clinic or hospital to be tested.
Find Testing Locations
Minnesota’s map of testing locations for COVID-19. Discover a testing location near you.
What is antibody testing? **
Antibody testing, also known as serologic testing, is used to detect antibodies in a patient’s blood specimen (serum). Antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to an infection. The presence of antibodies indicates that an individual has been exposed to (infected with) that particular infectious agent. These antibodies can be detected in some cases for years after the individual has recovered from the infection and will also be present if the patient was never even symptomatic. Serologic tests detect antibodies against infectious agents in serum and are a marker of an immune response to infection.
Can serologic testing identify everyone who has had COVID-19? **
Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 are consistently detected after 10 days from symptom onset (seroconversion) for most patients. Some individuals may develop antibodies after this time frame, while others, particularly those who are immunosuppressed, may never develop a detectable immune response.
What does detection of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 mean for a person? **
- Prior exposure (infection) to the virus.
- The presence of an immune response. Scientists are still trying to learn about the immune response in COVID-19 to determine if someone with an immune response to SARS-CoV-2 is less likely to develop COVID-19 compared to seronegative individuals.
* Minnesota Department of Health
** Fairview Health Services