COVID-19 testing open for all ANMC patients
Even if a person has mild or no symptoms, COVID-19 can be spread in simple interactions. Now is the time to know your status. Get a COVID-19 test today! All Alaska Native and American Indian people eligible to receive care at the Alaska Native Medical Center and members of their household can get a COVID-19 test on the Alaska Native Health Campus in Anchorage.
*Please note: COVID-19 antibody testing is now only available at the ANMC Walk-in Clinic and the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center.
Alert: Location change as of Nov. 2
COVID-19 Testing at ANMC drive-thru location relocated: As of Monday, Nov. 2, the drive-thru entrance for COVID-19 nasal swab testing is at 4141 Ambassador Drive (the original location). Please look for directional signage to the new location.
The drive-thru site now allows patients to stay comfortably in their vehicles and collect their own test sample using a nasal self-swab. This means you can keep your windows rolled up from the winter weather!
Walk-up COVID-19 Testing at ANMC remains in the Consortium Office Building at 4000 Ambassador Drive. This location is for patients without vehicles, with special needs, pediatric patients, or those who do not want to self-swab. This testing site is indoors, but patients may have to wait outside. Face coverings and physical distancing is required.
The COVID-19 Test site is open:
- 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday
- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays and ANTHC holidays
Patients must have an ANMC chart before going to the testing site.
If you or a family member need to have one created, or if you are unsure if you have an ANMC chart, contact ANMC Admitting at (907) 729-1395. They are available 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
- Visit the Alaska Native Health Campus COVID-19 testing site. Both the drive-thru at 4141 Ambassador Drive and walk-up location at 4000 Ambassador Drive are open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays.
- Remember to bring your ID and wear a mask.
- If you have ANY COVID-19 symptoms, please alert testing staff.
- Drive-thru process: All patients will self-swab to collect their own test sample. Patients will stay in their vehicles and be given a testing kit. Follow the instructions and return test sample to testing site staff.
- Walk-up process: Patients will park their vehicles and walk into the Consortium Office Building’s north entrance (to the far left when you pull into the parking lot) to get a COVID-19 nasal swab test.
- You can check your results online through the myHealth app or you will be called within a few days with results.
- What to do after you get tested handout [PDF]
- COVID-19 Information for you and your family handout [PDF]
Phone line available for COVID-19 testing results: Patients may contact the COVID-19 testing results phone line at (907) 729-2999. This line is available for anyone who has not registered for MyHealth, missed an original phone call with results, or who does not hear back within the expected time frame. This line cannot answer any questions you have about COVID. If you have a positive result, you will be contacted by a provider to discuss the next steps. If you received a referral for a test from somewhere other than ANMC, contact your original referral provider. Test results can also be found in your myHealth account.
How COVID lab results are reported and what they mean:
If you test positive for COVID-19:
- 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.
If you test negative for COVID-19:
- Reports that indicate a negative result are either reported as Negative or Not detected.
- 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:
- 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.
Symptoms related to COVID-19
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms can be similar to the common cold or flu
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of appetite.
Tips for people with symptoms or caring for those who are sick
If you are sick with COVID-19, or have symptoms similar to the disease, it is important to take precautions to avoid spreading the illness with others in your community or home.
If you are the person sick with COVID-19:
- Stay at home except when getting medical treatment. Call ahead to the clinic or hospital.
- Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- If possible, stay in one bedroom and use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Isolating yourself from the rest of your family will help protect others from getting sick.
If you are the caregiver for the person sick with COVID-19:
- You should not be the caregiver if you are over 65, pregnant, a child, or have preexisting health conditions such as: heart disease, diabetes or lung disease.
- Don’t share items like plates, utensils, towels, or bedding. After being used, these items should all be cleaned thoroughly.
- Clean all frequently-touched surfaces, such as counters, phones, toilets and doorknobs daily.
See this document for a full list of tips for caring for yourself and others at home with COVID-19 symptoms.
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing
How does COVID-19 spread?
Like the flu, it spreads from person-to-person. This can happen by:
- Being in close contact with a sick person (within about 6 feet).
- Being close to people carrying the virus. Some people carrying the virus don’t even know they are sick and may not have any symptoms, but they can still spread the virus from person-to-person.
- Breathing in the droplets in the air when a sick person sneezes, coughs, or talks (or allowing these droplets to touch your mouth or nose).
- Touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
What can I expect from test results?
Testing can identify if you have the virus that causes COVID-19.
- No treatment is specifically approved for COVID-19. But test results can help you and your health care provider decide what to do next.
- If you test positive and have mild symptoms, your provider may advise you to care for yourself at home.
- If you test positive and have severe symptoms, your health care provider will tell you what to do.
- A negative test means you were probably not infected at the time of testing. However, it is possible that you were tested early into your infection and that you could test positive later. You could also be exposed at any time and develop the illness.
What can I do while waiting for results?
The turnaround time for results varies based on the amount of tests we are processing, but in most cases results are within a few days.
- 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.
- Have your medical provider’s contact information on hand.
- If your symptoms worsen, call your doctor and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do next.