WMCHealth COVID-19 Specimen Collection for Testing
WMCHealth offers both COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing by appointment only, at sites in Valhalla, Poughkeepsie, Kingston and Margaretville
How Do I Make an Appointment?
- Requests for Diagnostic and Antibody test appointments are now available ONLINE via:
- If you would like to speak with an agent, please call our COVID Call Center at 914-202-4530.
- We will need your phone number, address, and insurance information, if applicable.
- If you are looking for testing in Rockland or Orange county:
- Testing is available for current and former patients whose physicians are affiliated with Bon Secours Medical Group, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Anthony Community Hospital and Bon Secours Community Hospital
- Please call your primary care provider for a referral
What Should I Bring?
- When you come to your appointment, you will need to bring your photo identification and insurance card, if applicable.
When Will I Receive My Results?
- At this time, diagnostic results can take up to five days, antibody results can take up to three days; rapid results (diagnostic only) can take up to 15 minutes.
What Is the Difference Between a COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing?
- Diagnostic (viral) tests check samples from your respiratory system (such as swabs of the inside of the nose) to tell you if you currently have an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Antibody testing, also known as serological testing, detects antibodies present in the blood when the body is responding to a specific infection, like COVID-19. Serologic assays such as the antibody IgG test (used by WMCHealth) are an indicator of exposure and antibody development — and may show if an individual has ever been infected with the virus, even if they did not have symptoms. As such, an antibody test detects the body’s immune response to the infection caused by the virus, rather than detecting the virus itself. In the early days of an infection, when the body’s immune response is still building, antibodies may not be present in detectable levels.
- An antibody test does not take the place of testing for active infection. WMCHealth operates coronavirus infection testing sites on or near each hospital campus across our network.