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COVID-19 Solutions

Trusted COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

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From the onset of the pandemic known as the Coronavirus, Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory quickly accelerated as one of the first laboratories to offer PCR testing in Kentucky. Bluewater Dx was recognized by the state of Kentucky for expanding the lab’s testing capacity to include all individuals in need of testing. Bluewater, at the height of the infection spread, serviced more than 2000 samples per day contributing to ‘Reducing the Spread’ of COVID-19 throughout the Kentuckiana area. Our COVID-19 Task Force team provides COVID-19 testing to the University of Louisville athletes, students and staff, Bellarmine University, Southeast Christian Church community, Southland Christian Church, Family Health Centers (4 locations) and Seven Counties Services (3 locations). Bluewater continues to serve our community as the premier COVID-19 testing lab, keeping Kentuckians safe and healthy.

In accordance with Section 4202 of the CARES Act, Bluewater’s cash price for COVID-19 testing, billed to commercial insurance providers, is $250/sample.

COVID-19 Collection

Accurate and Rapid Results

Confidence in Covid-19 results is fundamental to eliminating the spread of the virus. From mobile sites to results returned in a timely manner, you can count on Bluewater’s quality of services from beginning to end.

As testing demand increased, Bluewater expanded mobile site locations to offer nasopharyngeal swabs at our on-site corporate location, mobile collection sites, universities, churches, nursing homes, large and small employers, health departments and medical offices. To ensure accurate testing results, all swabs are collected by Bluewater Dx staff properly trained on technique and swab depth.

Molecular Versus Antibody Blood Tests

What's the Difference?

Molecular PCR testing identifies viral material within the patient sample and indicates an active infection that may require treatment. The molecular PCR test is appropriate for those who currently have symptoms, live or work in a place where many people reside, and/or for those who have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Antibody testing is a blood test that detects antibodies in your system that fight infection. Healthy patients seeking to identify the production of antibodies in their system are most appropriate for antibody testing.

Partner with Bluewater Dx

Excellence in Diagnostic Services

Bluewater Dx Lab is your strategic partner for compliant diagnostic and molecular testing, accurate blood and toxicology testing and Kentucky state-approved COVID-19 Testing.

If you are a clinical provider wishing to send COVID-19 specimens to Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory, contact our COVID Task Force us at COVIDtaskforce@bluewaterdx.com.

COVID-19

What is the cost of a COVID-19 test?

Patients are not responsible for COVID-19 testing out-of-pocket costs. Bluewater will send a claim to the patient’s insurance provider or federal programs for uninsured patients.

How can I get a COVID-19 test?

People choose to be tested for COVID-19 for a variety of reasons including; symptoms, exposure, travel precautions or as a general safety practice. Anyone is eligible to be tested. Any individual looking for a COVID-19 test is eligible. Choose one of Bluewater’s convenient mobile collection sites published on the Home page for a drive-up collection near you.

Why should I be tested for COVID-19?

Anyone is eligible to be tested. Choose one of Bluewater’s convenient mobile collection sites published on the home page for a drive-up collection near you.

How is COVID-19 collection performed at Bluewater?

Bluewater performs nasopharyngeal swabs at our mobile collection sites. In order to ensure accurate testing results, all swabs will be collected by Bluewater staff trained on proper technique and swab depth. Click here to learn more about nasopharyngeal swab collection.

What is a Diagnosis Code?

A diagnosis code is an alpha-numeric code used in place of a written description of disease, illness, and injury. COVID-specific diagnosis codes can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/icd/COVID-19-guidelines-final.pdf

How soon will my COVID-19 test results be ready?

You can expect to receive a text message with instructions to view your result within 48-72 business hours (Monday through Friday) from the time of your sample collection.

Why are my tests results taking longer than I thought they would?

Specimens from each collection site are delivered to the laboratory overnight. All specimens are received into the laboratory system for processing. Because testing is performed in batches of 94 specimens, your specimen may be delayed up to 24 hours after those collected along with you.

Following a waiting period of 72 hours, please contact us if your result is not accessible.

How do I access my test results?

All patients tested for COVID-19 at Bluewater will receive results via text message.

What if I test negative for COVID-19?

A negative COVID-19 result does not necessarily mean that you are that you are negative for the virus. As with all laboratory testing, the instrument can only identify viral material down to the limit of detection. Although our limit of detection is quite low, it is possible for an infected individual to test negative during the early stages of infection. For this reason, all individuals should continue observing all preventative precautions set by the CDC and local governments to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.

If you develop new symptoms or believe you have had recent exposure, Bluewater is available to retest individuals as often as necessary at one of our mobile collection sites. If you wish to seek further medical care, you may contact your healthcare provider or one of our clinical partners listed on the homepage.

What if my results are inconclusive?

This COVID testing is looking for 3 genes (RNA sequences) specific to the COVID-19 virus. An inconclusive result means that only 1 of those 3 genes was detected, and the test doesn’t meet the criteria to call your result either negative or positive. This can occur for multiple reasons, including collection at either the very early stages or the very late stages of an infection.
It is often suggested you get retested after a day or two when the viral load may be higher. In the meantime, you should quarantine away from others.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If your sample tests positive for COVID-19, you will receive a phone call from one of our healthcare partners within 48 business hours with instructions for follow-up care.

A positive COVID-19 result means that you have an active viral infection and are considered to be contagious. Individuals testing positive should self-isolate until cleared by a healthcare provider or your local health department and seek medical care if desired. Call 911 and seek immediate medical attention if severe symptoms manifest.

Your local health department will likely be in contact with you to track your symptoms, perform contact tracing, and provide quarantine guidance. If you have not been contacted within 72 hours, you may choose to reach out to their offices directly.

How long do I need to quarantine after a positive COVID-19 test?

Bluewater is not authorized to release individuals from quarantine. However, your local health department or a licensed medical provider may be able to provide a documented release.

Employers or administrators may have additional requirements for returning to work or school. Many states, countries, and airlines also have strict requirements. Please adhere to all applicable policies and regulations.

What is the difference between a molecular test and an antibody test?

The molecular testing process identifies viral material within the patient sample and indicates an active infection that may require treatment. An antibody test is performed on blood and indicates if the patient has had previous exposure to the virus, causing the body to develop antibodies against the infection. Results from antibody testing will be important as researchers determine how the virus has spread.

My collection was only swabbed from one nostril is that OK?

Yes. Bluewater’s collection practices adhere to recommendations from our Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the FDA. Guidance from the CDC does not require collections from both nostrils, nor does it specify a certain number of seconds for the swab to be inserted, as long as the minitip is saturated with fluid.