COVID-19 Test FAQ

What services are being offered by Hamilton Health Box?

PCR (Sputum) Test:

  • Sample: cough & spit into a cup
  • Sent to certified laboratory for analysis
  • Informs if a person is currently infected and contagious
  • Does not identify if an individual has already been infected and cleared virus

Serology (Blood) Test:

  • Sample: blood draw via finger prick
  • Sample: blood draw via finger prick
  • Informs a person that has been previously infected and produced an immune response

What does the sputum PCR test check for?

The PCR test measures the viral load i.e. how much virus is in your sputum/spit and if the virus is still active.
The test, however, does not indicate whether you previously had the virus and have already cleared it.

What does the Serology (Blood) screen check for?

The serological test measures your body’s antibody response i.e. immune response. This means whether or
not your body has started fighting the virus. This test only tests positive 3-7 days after being infected, when
the body mounts an immune response, however also continues to test positive once the virus has been
cleared, thereby showing whether you have recovered, or were asymptomatic.

How is the PCR (sputum) Test administered?

To get a good sample, you will be required to cough deeply, and spit into a sample cup. This cup will be
labelled and sent to a certified laboratory for analysis. Results return within 3 business days.

How will the serology (blood) test be administered?

The blood test is administered by finger prick by a healthcare provider. Your finger tip will be cleaned, pricked
with a lancet (like a diabetes needle), and a single drop of blood will be placed in the test kit. The test kit
requires 5-15 minutes to develop and show a result.