FAQ

WHO IS KAI MEDICAL LABORATORY?

Kai Medical Laboratory is a minority woman-owned high complexity laboratory accredited by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA). Our team consists of highly experienced scientists, medical professionals, and pharmacists. We provide reliable & accurate testing solutions to hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies, and employer groups. Kai Medical Laboratory is focused on providing opportunities that change our current health system by improving quality of life for employees and improving business results for client companies. We offer diversified services across the country to meet current demands of today’s healthcare needs.

WHAT TESTING TECHNOLOGY IS KAI MEDICAL LABORATORY USING?

Test Type Detects Method Turnaround
VIRAL Molecular Testing: RT-PCR Assay
  • Directly screens for the active virus in patient’s RNA genetic sequence. By detecting the viral RNA, which may be present before symptoms show up, the test can tell if someone has the virus early on. By scaling molecular testing to test vast groups in a population, doctors can initiate treatment early and patients can immediately self-quarantine to minimize the spread of viral infections especially COVID-19. A PCR swab test should be used for anyone who has symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19.
  • The value of an RT-PCR test is to inform individuals of infection status so they can anticipate course of illness and take action to prevent transmission
  • Molecular testing is considered the gold standard for testing & diagnosing active viral infections.
Active Viral Infection Nasal or Oral Swab 24-48 hours
Antibody Testing: Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Immunoassay
  • Used to test human serum or plasma (Heparin, EDTA)
  • Ordered by a healthcare provider to detect if there has been an adaptive immune response to COVID-19
  • Should not be used to diagnose or exclude acute infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions. Direct testing for SARS-CoV-2 should be performed if acute infection is suspected.
  • The use of this antibody test is an FDA governed emergency order (Policy for Diagnostic Test for Coronavirus Disease-2019 during the Public Health Emergency issued 3-16-2020). This test will not diagnose the COVID-19 virus but meets the criteria in the FDA guidance for antibody testing.
Historic infection Blood Draw 24-48 Hours
Antibody Testing: SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Lateral Flow Serology
  • Quick and easy to use with results available in 15 minutes
  • Do not require laboratory instrumentation
  • Should not be used to diagnose or exclude acute infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions. Direct testing for SARS-CoV-2 should be performed if acute infection is suspected.
  • This test uses serology technology which measures the presence of antibodies/proteins in the blood when your body is responding to a specific infection. This test has not been reviewed by the FDA. Negative results do not rule out the SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a PCR/molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals. Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection. Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E. While the presence of antibodies does not necessarily prevent future infections, these antibodies can reduce the severity of future infections of the current COVID-19 strain.
Historic infection Finger Stick 15 Minutes

CAN SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN QUARANTINED FOR COVID-19 SPREAD THE ILLNESS TO OTHERS?

Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of the communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure because the incubation period for this virus is 2 to 14 days. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.

DO I NEED A DOCTOR’S ORDER TO GET TESTED?

In most cases, you will need an appointment and a healthcare provider’s referral to get tested for COVID-19. This depends on what state you live in. Please contact us with your inquiry.

HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY RESULTS?

The employee will receive the results. The employer will receive results with an Employee Disclosure and Consent Form.

WILL COVID-19 TEST RESULTS BE REPORTED TO LOCAL AND STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS?

Yes, Kai Medical will report positive and negative results to the appropriate public health department in accordance with applicable requirements.

WHAT IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 ACTIVE VIRAL INFECTION?

We recommend you follow CDC Guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

WHAT IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 ANTIBODIES?

At some point, you were likely infected or an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. Positive results may also be a result of a past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E. Based on recently released COVID-19 findings, this could mean you are possibly immune to this season’s COVID-19 strand. Continue to practice safe hygiene habits and follow local rules and federal guidelines.

WHAT IF I TEST NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19 ANTIBODIES?

This most likely means you have not developed the antibodies (IgG/IgM) that are associated with COVID-19 and you cannot rule out the risk of infection if you have recently been in contact with the virus. It is imperative to continue to practice safe hygiene habits and follow local rules and federal guidelines. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection.

CAN I TEST NEGATIVE AND LATER TEST POSITIVE ON A VIRAL TEST FOR COVID-19?

Yes, it is possible. You may test negative if the sample was collected early in your infection and test positive later during this illness. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected then. Even if you test negative, you still should take steps to protect yourself and others. We recommend you follow CDC Guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

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