COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Your health and safety are our top priorities. Learn more about our COVID-19 evaluation and testing and our commitment to providing great care while maintaining the safest environment possible.

COVID-19 Evaluation and Testing

COVID-19 Evaluation and Testing

COVID-19 Evaluation and Testing

Lima Memorial COVID-19 Care and Testing

Lima Memorial serves as a key resource for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Common symptoms include:

Fever | Chills | Cough | Shortness of breath | Difficulty breathing | Fatigue | Muscle or body aches | Headache | New loss of taste or smell | Sore throat | Congestion | Runny nose | Nausea | Vomiting | Diarrhea

If you are experiencing any of the above COVID-19 symptoms, call one of Lima Memorial Physicians' ten primary care practices or 877-DOC-LMPC for a telehealth visit and recommended COVID-19 testing at one of our seven regional COVID-19 testing sites.

If you do not have a primary care provider or you would like to establish your care with a provider with Lima Memorial Physicians, please call 877-DOC-LMPC.

If your symptoms are severe, please call 911, or visit Lima Memorial’s Emergency Center.

COVID-19 Testing

Lima Memorial offers PCR molecular testing, the gold standard for detecting the COVID-19 virus. Testing is offered to symptomatic patients, preoperative procedure patients, hospitalized patients at all local hospitals, healthcare workers, patients in long-term care facilities and first responders, among others. We continue to adhere to the CDC guidelines for priority testing.

Having this highly accurate testing available locally significantly reduces the wait time for patients to receive their results. With an expected turnaround time within 72 hours for results, patients will benefit from swift and proper treatment.

Click here, to learn how Lima Memorial partnered with Ohio Northern University to bring PCR molecular testing to the greater Lima Region.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Lima Memorial leads the way for our community in testing capabilities related to COVID-19. We now offer antibody testing for COVID-19 (SARS Coronavirus 2 IgG Antibody testing). This testing capability is the next fundamental step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is COVID-19 antibody testing?

The COVID-19 antibody testing is used to identify the presence of an immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

What are the benefits to antibody testing?

SARS-Cov-2 is a novel virus. The hope with antibody testing is that the test will help health officials better understand how widespread the virus is. It also allows them to identify which personal characteristics and environmental factors appear to play a role in how severely the virus affects particular groups of people or populations. It may also be helpful, even reassuring, for people to know if they have been infected and are now possibly immune.

How is this antibody test taken?

The test requires a blood sample, which can be taken as a normal outpatient lab draw at Lima Memorial Outpatient Laboratory, 1001 Bellefontaine Avenue, Lima, OH 45804. 

How do I know if I am a candidate for the test?

The test is recommended for individuals who are at least 10 days post-symptom onset or have had exposure to individuals with confirmed COVID-19. It is not a test used to diagnose active or recent infection.

If my antibody test is positive, can I donate blood or plasma?

Another benefit of antibody testing is being able to identify candidates who could donate plasma that could be used to treat others with more severe illness. The American Red Cross is currently working hard to determine the process for donation of plasma. Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Will my insurance / Medicare / Medicaid cover the cost of this test?

This test is covered by most insurances with a physician’s order.

Is there a self-pay option for the test?

The antibody test is also available without a physician’s order for those who have no past medical history of COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath or fever, for a self-pay cost of just $55 with a credit or debit card. Direct testing is available only at Lincoln Medical Center 1251 Lincoln Avenue, Suite. 4, Wapakoneta, OH 45895.

Where was this COVID-19 antibody test developed/manufactured?

The IgG antibody test, also called a serology test, is available through Lima Memorial Health System’s Laboratory and is considered highly reliable.

If antibodies are detected, am I immune to COVID-19?

Because this is a novel virus, there is no definite proof that the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 guarantees immunity to subsequent infection by this virus in humans. Whatever the result, individuals should continue to follow public health guidance for physical distancing and other precautionary measures during the pandemic.

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