Saratoga Hospital Offers COVID-19 Antibody Testing

June 15, 2020

Saratoga Hospital Offers COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Locations include Malta Med Emergent Care, Urgent Care – Wilton, Urgent Care - Adirondack

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., June 15, 2020—Saratoga Hospital offers COVID-19 antibody testing at all outpatient laboratory locations, including Malta Med Emergent Care, Saratoga Hospital Urgent Care – Wilton and Saratoga Hospital Urgent Care – Adirondack

Tests must be ordered by a healthcare provider. Results are usually reported to patients by their provider or Saratoga Hospital in three to five days. There is no copay.

Antibody tests, also known as serology tests, are blood tests that look for proteins that have developed in response to an infection, in this case the new coronavirus. A positive test result means that a patient has had and has recovered from COVID-19. Antibodies could offer some protection against future COVID-19 infection by preventing reinfection or helping the immune system fight the virus faster or more effectively.

“We decided to offer this service after hearing from people in our community who feel it would be helpful to know their antibody status, either to provide some reassurance or help them make decisions about grocery shopping and other activities,” said Jeffrey Methven, Saratoga Hospital executive vice president. 

“Antibody status also could help inform provider decisions about care for patients with compromised immune systems or chronic conditions,” Methven added.

In addition, test results could provide helpful information to the broader community. If enough people are tested, antibody status could offer insights on how widespread COVID-19 has been in the region. The tests can also identify potential donors for convalescent plasma therapy, which uses blood and antibodies from those who have recovered from COVID-19 to help patients who have the virus. 

How to get an antibody test

  • A provider order is required for antibody tests at all Saratoga Hospital outpatient lab locations.
  • Given their extended hours, Malta Med Emergent Care, Urgent Care – Adirondack, and the outpatient lab at Wilton Medical Arts will be the preferred option for many patients.
  • Patients who do not have an order can come to Urgent Care- Wilton and Urgent Care – Adirondack during normal business hours or Malta Med Emergent Care 24/7 for a screening to determine their eligibility. Those who qualify will be tested. (Patients will be charged a copay for the screening but not for the test.)

All tests are processed by Saratoga Hospital, which meets the latest Food and Drug Administration validation criteria.

“For so many patients, the stress of the pandemic has been magnified by the questions and uncertainty surrounding testing and other protocols,” Methven said. “At a Saratoga Hospital facility, patients can get tested by an organization they know and trust—and can be confident in the accuracy of their results.”


About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. Through its affiliation with Albany Med and Columbia Memorial Health, Saratoga Hospital is part of the largest locally governed health system in the region. For more information: or


Peter M. Hopper
Director, Marketing and Communications

15 Jun 2020