Is Riley County testing for antibodies?

No. All tests performed by the Health Department or included in Riley County statistics are viral tests, which check for active virus. 

Patients are only counted once, even if they have received multiple tests. 

Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection. An antibody test might not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 might provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. If it does, we do not know how much protection the antibodies might provide or how long this protection might last.

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1. How can I get tested?
2. How will I be notified of test results?
3. Do you have to have a fever to get tested?
4. How long do test results take?
5. Is Riley County testing for antibodies?
6. Do I have to quarantine after I get tested?
7. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?