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Antibody Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) SARS-CoV-2 IgM

Test Code: 32001
IgM blood-based serology testing may help to identify people who have been exposed to COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2, and may have developed some level of immunity but potentially have mild to no symptoms.

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Patients, you must contact your physician to order antibody testing for Coronavirus COVID-19.
Viracor will not see patients at our facility or collect samples on site.

An account must be set up to order testing. See Specimen Information Section for more information.


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Clinical and Procedure
Clinical Utility

The Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 IgM lab test is for the detection of IgM antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 from human clinical specimen.

Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic assay should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals. Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status.

About Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR and COVID-19

Please refer to the CDC website for the most up to date information on SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 at

At the end of 2019, an outbreak of the virus initially referred to as 2019 novel Coronavirus, later identified as SARS-CoV-2, occurred in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, the virus originates from bats. As of January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared a “public health emergency of international concern.”

The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 has been named coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. Main symptoms of the disease include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC recommends reaching out to a physician if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19; or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. The virus is spread via person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes. The best preventative measures are to avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching nose, eyes and mouth; cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard immediately; and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe. Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently is one of the best preventative measures and hand sanitizer can be used when soap and water are not available.

About SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Unlike RT-PCR tests, which directly detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 for approx. 1 – 3 weeks after infection, blood-based serology assays detect antibody responses to this virus. Serological testing has the ability to consistently identify people who were recently infected or exposed, even if they are no longer shedding the virus. Individuals will typically have detectable antibodies for weeks to months after infection regardless if mild or no clinical signs were present. Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 may also provide immunity to COVID-19 although the antibody levels required for protection and the duration of this immunity has not been defined. IgM testing is recommended as early as 5 days after infection, and IgG testing is recommended at least 12-14 days after potential exposure – giving the body the time it needs to build an immune response and produce antibodies. Over time, antibody testing is likely to become a crucial next step in fighting the spread of the virus.


The SCoV-2 Detect™ IgM ELISA is a qualitative indirect ELISA for the detection of IgM antibodies targeting epitopes derived from SARS-CoV-2. Diluted serum specimens are added to antigen-coated wells and incubated. After incubation and washing, human antibodies targeting SARS-CoV-2 antigens remain bound to the plate surface. Secondary antibody conjugated to horseradish peroxidase (HRP) targeting human IgM is then added to each well. After incubation, the ELISA wells are washed once again before a tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) substrate is added. An acidic stopping solution is finally used to stop the reaction and the degree of enzymatic turnover of the substrate is determined by absorbance measurement at 450 nanometers.

This test has not been FDA cleared or approved; this test has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use by laboratories certified under CLIA to perform high complexity tests.

SCoV-2 Detect™ Emergency Use Authorization Letter

SCoV-2 Detect™ Package Insert

SCoV-2 Detect™ Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers

SCoV-2 Detect™ Fact Sheet for Recipients


Cross-reactivity of the SCoV-2 Detect™ IgM ELISA Kit was be evaluated by testing SARS-CoV-2 seronegative specimens from patients with antibodies to other viral infections and autoantibodies which could potentially cause false positive results. One hundred eighty normal human serum (NHS) samples that were collected in the US prior to the COVID-19 outbreak (i.e. known negatives) were also tested. SCoV-2 Detect™ IgM ELISA demonstrates no cross-reactivity against IgM antibodies for influenza A, influenza B, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency, respiratory syncytial viruses or anti-nuclear antibodies or rheumatoid factor or human anti-mouse antibody. 178 of 180 NHS tested negative.

Turnaround Time

Same day (within 24 hours from receipt of specimen), Monday through Friday.

Specimen Information
Specimen Type Order Code CPT Code NY Approved Volume Assay Range Special Instructions
Serum (1) 32001 86769 Yes

1 mL (0.5 mL minimum)


Immune Status Ratio (ISR) value of less than 1.0 indicates there was no detectable IgM antibody present. The result does not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection. ISR value of 1.0 or greater indicates antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 have been detected. Positive sera must take into account other clinical findings and be confirmed with other tests if indicated.

  • Collect whole blood in a Serum Separator Tube (SST) red top, or tiger-top serum tube.
  • Allow blood to clot at room temperature for 30-60 minutes then centrifuge to recover serum.
  • Samples are stable refrigerated for 7 days or longer when frozen.
  • Recommend shipping samples frozen.

To Setup an Account:
Prior to sending samples for the first time, all new clients must set up a Viracor Account. Please visit our Account Setup page to begin this process.

Ship Monday through Friday. Friday shipments must be labeled for Saturday delivery. All specimens must be labeled with patient's name and collection date. A Viracor test requisition form must accompany each specimen. For additional testing, please send a separate specimen. Refer to our website for refer to our website for accepted specimen types. Ship specimens FedEx Priority Overnight® to: Eurofins Viracor, 18000 W 99th St., Lenexa, KS 66219.

Causes for Rejection

Whole blood frozen, specimens beyond their acceptable length of time from collection as listed in the specimen handling, or specimen types other than those listed. Hyperlipemic and moderate to grossly hemoInlyzed specimens.


Specimens are approved for testing in New York only when indicated in the Specimen Information field above.

The CPT codes provided are based on the performing laboratory's interpretation of the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Questions regarding coding should be addressed to your local Medicare carrier. Viracor  assumes no responsibility for billing errors due to reliance on the CPT codes illustrated in this material.

We will continue to follow federal and state requirements for both notification of results and any confirmatory testing that is required by another agency.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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