COVID-19 Testing: Options at ANMC | Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

COVID-19 Testing: Options at ANMC


Eligible ANMC patients and their household members have options for your COVID-19 testing needs.

At-home rapid antigen test kits [click here for more information]

Best for:

  • Fast results in 15 minutes
  • Testing if your symptoms are mild to none

Special considerations:

  • At-home tests may not be eligible for travel or pre-procedure testing requirements

Drive-thru self-swab testing [click here for more information]:

Best for:

  • Testing results when approved verification is needed

Special considerations:

  • Results available in 1-3 days
  • Advance registration required

Walk-up nasal swab testing [click here for more information]

Best for:

  • Patients who prefer to have medical staff take nasal swab
  • Patients not able to register online in advance
  • Patients not in a vehicle
  • Testing results when approved verification is needed

Special considerations:

  • Advance registration recommended if possible


At-home rapid COVID-19 antigen testing

No registration, appointments or further steps are necessary! You can proceed directly to the locations listed below to pick up a free, at-home rapid COVID-19 Antigen Home Test Kit. Test kits come with instructions and results are available in 15-30 minutes.

Pick-up locations and hours

  • ANMC drive-thru COVID-19 testing site 4141 Ambassador Drive
    • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • ANMC walk-up COVID-19 testing site 4043 Tudor Centre Drive (first floor of the ANTHC Parking Garage)
    • Sunday-Friday: 10 a.m.-noon AND 4-6 p.m.
    • Saturday: Closed
  • ANMC Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (all clinic locations)
    • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Eligible for test kit pick-up

  • All Alaska Native and American Indian people eligible to receive care at the Alaska Native Medical Center and their household members
    • 1 kit per person in a household
  • No registration required!

Patients with special considerations

  • High-risk patients: If you test positive for COVID-19, and are an Elder or high-risk for complications, contact your provider to discuss treatment options. The sooner treatment is started, the more effective it will be.
  • Travel or pre-procedure testing: If you need COVID-19 test results for travel, prior to a procedure or other validated reason, find out if you will need a PCR lab-verified test instead of an at-home rapid test.

Resources and information


Drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Advance registration required: Click here to register online
Patients will be sent a text message when it is time for you to go to the testing site.

Location and hours

Results

  • Result times vary based on number of tests being processed, but most patients can expect results in 1-3 days.
  • Text message when results available in myHealth: For those with phones able to receive text messages, you will now receive a text when your results are available in myHealth. Texts will be sent between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. If you do not have a myHealth account, you can sign up for a myHealth patient portal account by contacting Admitting at (907) 729-1395.
  • Call for results: For those who are not able to receive text messages, you can contact the COVID-19 results team by phone at (907) 729-2999. A staff member will give you your results over the phone if they are available. The phone line is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Eligible for testing

  • All Alaska Native and American Indian people eligible to receive care at the Alaska Native Medical Center
  • Members of ANMC patient households
  • ANTHC and SCF staff and members of their households
  • All patients must have an ANMC chart before going to the testing site. To have an ANMC chart created, contact ANMC Admitting at (907) 729-1395. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please note, these hours are different than the COVID-19 testing sites.

Resources and information


Walk-up COVID-19 testing

Advance registration is preferred: Click here to register online

If you are unable to get online to register in advance, visit the walk-up COVID-19 testing site at 4043 Tudor Centre Drive (first floor of the ANTHC parking garage). Staff will help complete your registration.

Location and hours

  • Walk-up: 4043 Tudor Centre Drive (first floor of the ANTHC Parking Garage)
    • Sunday-Friday: 10 a.m.-noon AND 4-6 p.m.
    • Saturday: Closed

Results

  • Result times vary based on number of tests being processed, but most patients can expect results in 1-3 days.
  • Text message when results available in myHealth: For those with phones able to receive text messages, you will now receive a text when your results are available in myHealth. Texts will be sent between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. If you do not have a myHealth account, you can sign up for a myHealth patient portal account by contacting Admitting at (907) 729-1395.
  • Call for results: For those who are not able to receive text messages, you can contact the COVID-19 results team by phone at (907) 729-2999. A staff member will give you your results over the phone if they are available. The phone line is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Eligible for testing

  • All Alaska Native and American Indian people eligible to receive care at the Alaska Native Medical Center
  • Members of ANMC patient households
  • ANTHC and SCF staff and members of their households
  • All patients must have an ANMC chart before going to the testing site. To have an ANMC chart created, contact ANMC Admitting at (907) 729-1395. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please note, these hours are different than the COVID-19 testing sites.

Resources and information


Additional testing information

  • Testing for travel requirements: If you are taking a COVID-19 test prior to travel, confirm with your air carrier and destination what type of test will be needed. At-home tests may not meet requirements and a PCR test from our drive-thru or walk-up sites will be needed. ANMC Laboratory only reports results to Tribal health partners.
  • Testing prior to a medical procedure: If you require a COVID-19 test before a medical procedure, confirm with your provider what type of test will be needed. At-home tests may not meet requirements and a PCR test from our drive-thru or walk-up sites will be needed.
  • Testing before traveling to Anchorage and ANMC: In order to minimize rescheduling or canceling surgical procedures due to COVID-19 diagnosis, ANMC is strongly encouraging all patients, regardless of their vaccination status, to get tested prior to traveling to Anchorage if testing is available in your area. When pre-travel testing is not available, ANMC will conduct a test upon arrival in Anchorage, if the patient’s arrival is 12 hours or more before the procedure and during testing site hours. This helps ensure a patient’s procedure does not have to be rescheduled or require quarantine in Anchorage until the infection period has passed.

About your results

While waiting for test results, seek emergency care right away if you develop emergency warning signs, which include: persistent chest pain or pressure; extreme difficulty breathing; severe, constant dizziness or lightheadedness; slurred speech; and difficulty waking up.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • PCR test (drive-thru and walk-up): Lab reports that indicate a positive result are either reported as Positive or Detected (Abnormal). Please isolate immediately and you will be contacted by a health care provider.
  • At-home rapid test: Isolate yourself from others to avoid spreading the infection to others. The CDC recommends isolating for at least 5 days, but may be up to 10 days. Wear a tight fitting mask on days 6-10, as you may still be contagious. Notify anyone you were in close contact with that you tested positive. Monitor your symptoms and contact your health care provider if you have questions or concerns.

If you test negative for COVID-19:

  • PCR test (drive-thru and walk-up): Reports that indicate a negative result are either reported as Negative or Not detected.
  • At-home rapid test: Take the second test between 24-36 hours after the 1st test was done to help confirm results.
  • All tests:
    • You probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick.
    • It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your sample was collected and that you could test positive later.

If your test results are indeterminate (lab PCR test only):

  • An indeterminate result means it’s not possible to say if you had coronavirus when the test was done.
  • Return to the collection site for retesting.

COVID-19 Testing Pricing Information

COVID Diagnostic Test – $198
Sometimes referred to as a PCR test, this test requires a deep swab to the back of your nose to determine if you have an active coronavirus infection. 
CPT Code: U0003 or 87635

COVID Antibody Test – $93
This is a simple blood test that detects specific proteins on the surface of the COVID virus, and usually determines if an individual has had a previous COVID infection. You will need your provider to order the test; UR Medicine’s guidelines call for only testing patients who:

  • Are being diagnosed or treated for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome of Children (MIS-C)
  • Have fully recovered from COVID-19 and would like to donate convalescent plasma
  • Previously had symptoms of COVID-19 but did not receive a test to learn if they were infected

We recommend that you wait at least 30 days past a COVID illness to ensure your body has built up enough antigens for the test to detect them.
CPT Code: 86769