At Star Valley Health, testing is open to the public, without a written referral from your provider. Please note, testing supplies are in high demand nationwide and we may need to reserve supplies for those patients that are symptomatic or in a more vulnerable demographic.
Currently, as COVID cases have increased, Star Valley Health only offers testing to patients who are displaying symptoms or are scheduled for surgery. For your convenience, we have COVID Testing Centers at the north and south ends of Star Valley, as well as Bridger Valley.
Afton COVID-19 Testing Center
901 Adams St
Afton, WY 83110
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday – Saturday
Find us at the southwest corner of the Afton Clinic building. Drive through the designated neon cones. Please do stay in your vehicle, put it in park and one of our healthcare staff will be out to serve you.
Alpine COVID-19 Testing Center
230 Elk Run
Alpine, WY 83128
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday – Friday
Find us at the northwest corner of the Alpine Clinic building. Please do stay in your vehicle, put it in park and one of our healthcare staff will be out to serve you.
Also, please note that if you are having a COVID test prior to a Monday surgery, Alpine does not have a courier on Sundays and your results may not be ready in time.
What are the different types of COVID tests?
There are two different types of tests – diagnostic tests and antibody tests.
- A diagnostic test can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests– molecular tests, such as RT-PCR tests, that detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins from the virus. Public health professionals may be interested in the article A Closer Look at COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing.
- An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a threat, such as a specific virus. Antibodies can help fight infections. Antibodies can take several days or weeks to develop after you have an infection and may stay in your blood for several weeks or more after recovery. Because of this, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose COVID-19. At this time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to COVID-19 in the future.
Different Types of Coronavirus Tests
|olecular Test||Antigen Test||Antibody Test|
|Also known as…||Diagnostic test, viral test, molecular test, nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), RT-PCR test, LAMP test||Diagnostic test||Serological test, serology, blood test, serology test|
|How the sample is taken…||Nasopharyngeal (the part of the throat behind the nose), nasal or throat swab (most tests) Saliva (a few tests)||Nasal or nasalpharyngeal swab (most tests)||Finger stick or blood draw|
|How long it takes to get results…||Same day (some locations) or up to a week (longer in some locations with many tests)||Some may be very fast (15 – 30 minutes), depending on the test||Same day (many locations) or 1-3 days|
|Is another test needed…||This test is typically highly accurate and usually does not need to be repeated.||Positive results are usually highly accurate, but false positives can happen, especially in areas where very few people have the virus. Negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test.||Sometimes a second antibody test is needed for accurate results.|
|What it shows…||Diagnoses active coronavirus infection||Diagnoses active coronavirus infection||Shows if you’ve been infected by coronavirus in the past|
|What it can’t do…||Show if you ever had COVID-19 or were infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 in the past||Antigen tests are more likely to miss an active COVID-19 infection compared to molecular tests. Your health care provider may order a molecular test if your antigen test shows a negative result but you have symptoms of COVID-19.||Diagnose COVID-19 at the time of the test or show that you do not have COVID-19|