Express Lab is now able to offer COVID-19 PCR testing in our Idaho Falls lab location. PCR testing is the best, most reliable way to check for active COVID-19 infection.
To get tested for the active COVID-19 PCR test, you will need a doctor’s order. There are currently two ways to receive a doctor’s order.
This testing is done by collecting a nasal swab at one of our drive-thru locations in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.
2060 S. Woodruff Avenue
We have partnered with Mountain View hospital to provide drive thru testing for residents in the Idaho Falls area at 2060 S. Woodruff Avenue.
1245 Red Hill Road
In Pocatello, we have partnered with ISU/Southeast Idaho Public Health to set up a drive-thru collection site at the Dyer House, behind Reed’s gym at 1245 Red Hill Road, Pocatello.
Accurate PCR testing results can now be delivered in 24 hours or less* in most cases.
Local Express Lab testing and fast turnaround time for results are crucial in helping medical staff and citizens determine the best course of action for patients and the community.
PCR Testing is NOT antibody testing for immune status to see if you have previously had COVID-19.
While there may be some merit to existing antibody tests, the current antibody tests have proven to be unreliable in determining active infection or true immune status. More importantly, existing antibody tests do not demonstrate resilience or immunity to future infection.
We are actively working to bring reliable antibody or immune status testing on-site in May 2020. For up-to-date information about antibody testing, contact your nearest public health department.
COVID PCR testing should be performed if a patient is experiencing symptoms consistent with the virus infection. COVID IgG testing should be performed 10-14 days after infection.
*More time may be required in situations when specimens are received late in the day, or in unforeseen situations including unexpected rushes on testing requests or if laboratory supplies become unavailable.