Testing Information

This page has information about COVID-19 testing, including links to testing sites located in Wasatch County. For general information about testing and sites throughout Utah, visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/testing-locations/

 

Testing Sites in Wasatch County

Heber Valley InstaCare: Open Daily 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Ridley's Pharmacy: Open Mon-Thur 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Types of COVID-19 Tests

PCR test

A PCR test tells you if you have COVID-19 right now and could spread it to other people. A PCR test looks for the genetic material of the virus. It is a very accurate test. A healthcare worker uses a nasal swab to collect a sample from your throat, behind your nose.

Antigen test

An antigen test is a new kind of COVID-19 test. You can get results in minutes. An antigen test looks for proteins found on or within the virus. It tells you if you have COVID-19 right now and could spread it to other people. Like a PCR test, a healthcare worker uses a nasal swab to collect a sample from your throat, behind your nose. Antigen tests are very accurate. However, there is a higher chance of having a false negative test result. This means if you test negative for COVID-19 with an antigen test, you may also need to get a PCR test to make sure you don’t have COVID-19.

Serology or antibody test

Serology, or antibody tests, may be able to tell if you have ever been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive antibody test does not guarantee immunity to COVID-19. A sample of your blood is collected and is used to see if your body has made antibodies to the virus. Your body makes antibodies when it fights an infection. Antibodies in your blood mean, at one time, you were exposed to COVID-19. Antibody tests find these antibodies in your blood and tell you if your immune system has responded to the infection. More information on the antibody test can be found below.

Understanding Antibody Testing

There is still a lot we don't know about COVID-19 including how much immunity a person will develop after they have the virus.

Serology or antibody tests may be able to tell if you have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Your body makes antibodies when it fights an infection. Antibody tests find antibodies in your blood. Antibody tests tell you if your immune system responded to the infection. Antibodies in your blood mean at one time you were exposed to COVID-19. An antibody test is done by taking a sample of blood.

An antibody test is different from the tests in which a healthcare worker uses a nasal swab to collect a sample of secretions from the uppermost part of your throat, behind your nose. These tests are called PCR tests and Antigen tests. PCR and Antigen tests are used to diagnose someone with COVID-19. It tells you if you are sick with COVID-19 right now.

For more information on antibody testing for COVID-19, see the flyer to the right, visit the State of Utah's website at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/testing-locations/, or visit Intermountain Healthcare's website at https://intermountainhealthcare.org/covid19-coronavirus/get-testing/antibody-testing/