McKinley Health Center will offer COVID-19 IgG antibody testing. Turnaround of results is expected to be within one week and is completed at an off-site lab. There is a $35.00 charge for this test.

The COVID-19 IgG antibody test requires a blood sample. It generally becomes positive and remains positive for an unknown period approximately two weeks after COVID-19 infection. Currently, it is unclear how the knowledge of antibodies affects the management of or immunity from COVID-19.

The COVID-19 antibody test which will be provided is 100% sensitive (positive test in people with COVID-19) and 99.6% specific (negative test in people who never had COVID-19) when tested on a population of known, documented COVID-19 positive people.

Students who are eligible for services at the Health Center can obtain this test as follows:

  1. To obtain the blood test, you must sign an informed consent on your student health portal prior to calling for an appointment. Go to https://mymckinley.illinois.edu, click on the Forms icon, click on Informed Consent for COVID-19 Antibody Testing and complete the form.
  2. Call McKinley Health Center and speak with a nurse at 217-333-2700, who will facilitate the process upon authorization by a McKinley provider.
  3. The test will be scheduled in the laboratory located in the lower level of McKinley.  You will need to arrive at your scheduled time.
  4. Test results will be reviewed by a McKinley provider and communicated to you via secure message in your MyMcKinley portal once they become available (processing times may vary).

 

Should you have questions, email us at studenthealthcenter@illinois.edu.  We wish you a safe and successful summer and look forward to seeing you back on campus for Fall.

Sincerely,

Robert C. Parker, MD, MBA, FACP
Director, McKinley Health Center

Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2020 - 09:30