COVID-19 Testing Information

Houston Methodist patients needing a COVID-19 test (or a retest) must have an order from their primary care doctor, as well as a scheduled appointment. Please talk to your doctor about scheduling a test. If you don't have a primary care doctor, you may find a doctor here or use Virtual Urgent Care. Testing is required prior to surgeries and procedures; for more information on testing for surgeries and procedures, please click here. To find out how to access your test results, please click here.

Commonly Asked COVID-19 Test Questions

How do I get my test results?

You can access your test results in MyChart. Learn more here.

 

How do I sign up for MyChart?

Please refer to the flyer you received at your testing site or sign up for MyChart here.

 

What do I do if my COVID-19 test is positive? See our Positive Test Results FAQ (English) and Positive Test Results FAQ (Spanish).

 

Do I need separate orders and appointments for all of my family members?

Yes, each individual needing a test needs his or her own doctor's order and appointment.

 

I have been exposed to coronavirus but don't have any symptoms. Should I schedule an appointment?

While it is best to consult with your doctor, please wait to schedule a test until at least 5 days after you have been exposed.

 

What do I do if I need to reschedule my test?

Please check with the doctor who ordered your test if you need to reschedule.

 

Where can I find more information on the novel coronavurus?

Visit our COVID-19 Resources page or the CDC.

Enhanced Safety Measures

Your safety is our number one priority. We have implemented the following measures:

  • You will be in the clinic about 5 minutes.
  • Only 1 patient will be allowed inside the clinic at a time.
  • Clinic staff will not come closer than 6 feet, except to swab during testing.
  • The test technician will be wearing a gown, gloves and a face mask with a shield or be behind Plexiglass shielding.
  • All patient areas are disinfected for 5 minutes between each patient.

 COVID-19 Testing Costs

The self-pay price for a COVID-19 test is $77.50 (CPT codes: 87635, U0002 and U0003). This price includes the specimen collection fee. However, in some circumstances, your physician may order additional tests beyond the basic COVID-19 test. These additional tests are listed below, are run independently of the COVID-19 test and have additional costs:

  • Respiratory Pathogen Panel (CPT 0099U): Self-pay price is $756.50
  • Group A Strep (CPT 87880): Self-pay price is $148
  • If the results of the Group A Strep are negative, then there will be a confirmation or reflex test performed, called a Beta Strep Culture (CPT 87070). Self-pay price is $166

 

Please discuss these tests with your physician prior to having them performed.

SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 Antibody Testing

The Houston Methodist Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine has begun in-house testing for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. The first assay that is available now is the Ortho Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total assay that recently received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.
 
This assay is a qualitative test designed to detect antibodies against the spike protein-receptor binding domain of SARS-CoV-2. The test detects total antibodies that are mostly IgM and IgG. The self-pay price for this test is to $155 (including specimen collection fee), discounted to $77.50.
 
The test is not for use in the diagnosis of acute COVID-19 disease but may be useful for determination of a recent infection. A negative result does not exclude infection with SARS-CoV-2. A positive result may indicate acute or recent infection. False positive results may occur due to cross-reactivity from pre-existing antibodies and other possible causes. It is not known how long antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 persist after infection. Finally, it is not known whether the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 as detected in this assay correlates with the individual’s immune status relative to COVID-19.

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