What you need to know
Our commitment to your health and safety.
Antibody testing available by appointment.
Drive-up coronavirus testing offered by appointment.
Telehealth appointments offered at more clinics.
Universal coronavirus testing for all patients admitted to our hospitals.
Updated visitor policy.
What you should do if you think you have COVID-19
Find out if you should be tested
Use our COVID-19 virtual assistant to answer a few quick questions and learn the next steps you should take.
Message your provider in eCare
With eCare, UW Medicine’s patient portal, your care team will triage your case and direct you to the right care.
Visit the virtual clinic
You can receive an evaluation 24/7 by a board-certified physician by phone, computer or app. We are experiencing higher volumes than usual. Thank you for your patience.
Frequently asked questions about care and services
The new clinical lab test can tell if someone had a past infection with the COVID-19 coronavirus whether or not that person had symptoms. The test looks for a particular antibody in the blood that shows the person has an immune response to previous infection with this virus. This is different from the nasal swab testing, which is used to determine if you currently have an active infection with the virus. The antibody diagnostic test can only be ordered by a person’s healthcare provider and will involve a blood draw. The benefits of getting this test remain uncertain and should not be used for diagnosis of COVID-19 at this time. If you previously have had a nasal swab test positive for COVID-19, there is little clinical need for the antibody test.
While it's not yet certain that it proves someone is immune, or how long such immunity would last, researchers and clinicians think these tests might help answer these questions. Antibody tests might also be used to evaluate potential vaccines, or to determine what percentage of a population has been exposed to, and overcame, this coronavirus. The hope is such blood tests, if they do predict immunity, may be useful in re-opening business and schools, sending people back to work and allowing people to enjoy socializing and recreational activities again.
The plasma research study collects antibodies in blood donated by people who have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Researchers are checking to see if these antibodies can be used to treat people who are acutely ill with COVID-19. The antibodies are given intravenously. This is an experimental treatment and people who are seriously sick or at risk for complications need to be enrolled in a study or require compassionate use to receive this specific experimental antibody treatment. You cannot otherwise request this treatment.
UW Medicine and Bloodworks Northwest are seeking adult volunteers who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma.
To be considered, you must meet both criteria:
- Have received a documented diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2
- Be free of symptoms (asymptomatic) for 28 days after having the virus
If you meet the criteria, please email your name and contact information to email@example.com or call 206.520.4212 to leave a message.
Due to high interest, it may take several days for a study coordinator to respond to an inquiry.