Where do I go on the day of testing? What about parking?
On Wednesday, December 9, testing will take place outside on the Creek Campus, located at 9607 Brodie Lane. You may park in any available school parking space or along the median, just be sure to leave enough room for people in parking spaces to pull out. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing at all times. Walk up to the registration table to check in and the clinicians will direct you where to go.
CANCELLED On Wednesday, December 16, testing will take place outside of the Springs Campus. Details on location will be by the end of this week.
What type of tests are offered?
Austin Covid Labs provides antibody tests, which will show if your body has produced antibodies to COVID-19, meaning that you were previously infected and have recovered from the virus. They recommend that everyone do an antibody test first, as people who have recovered from the virus do not need to test again for a month. This test is administered with a blood draw.
The lab also provides PCR testing, considered to be the gold standard of active infection tests. This is administered with a simple nasal swab.
When will I get my results?
Antibody test results are available within 15 minutes of testing. If you are planning to get both tests, Austin Covid Labs suggests starting with the antibody test, which, if positive, means you would not need the PCR test. PCR test results are available 24-48 hours after testing, and results are sent by email.
Do I need to share my results with Headwaters?
Because Headwaters is not a healthcare-related institution, our systems are not set up to handle HIPAA-sensitive information, like medical test results. All test results will be communicated directly with the person who was tested and not with the school. We ask that if your PCR test comes back positive, you inform the school and follow the CDC recommended protocols for isolation and quarantine.
Is there a cost for the test?
Austin Covid Labs is waiving their $35 booking and processing fee for us. COVID-19 PCR testing is currently free of charge for most people with insurance and for those who are uninsured. If you have Medicare, Medicaid, an HMO, or OSCAR, there is a $35 fee for PCR testing and a $50 fee for Antibody testing. If you have insurance but would prefer not to use it, the cost for the PCR test is $200 and $50 for the antibody test. See here for more details on fees and insurance. Headwaters is not responsible for any out of pocket costs associated with these tests. Please reach out to Austin Covid Labs if you are unsure if your testing will be covered.