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COVID-19 antibody testing available at WCHC

Beginning, Monday, July 6, Washington County Hospital and Clinics will offer an antibody test for COVID-19 directly to individuals for a fee. Antibody testing, also called serology testing, is used to identify the presence of immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The test is only intended to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 virus and does not diagnose active or recent infections.

The test is available to individuals who are currently symptom free. The antibody test is considered a wellness test and does not require a physician order. This test will allow people to find out if they have been exposed to COVID-19 and results will be used to help better understand the extent and spread of COVID-19 and identify risk factors for infection.

A blood sample is required for the test which can be taken as a normal outpatient lab draw. Individuals interested in obtaining an antibody test can present to the Washington County Hospital, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. Patient Access staff at Main Registration will assist patients to register, collect payment, and direct patients to the Lab.

Antibody test results should NOT be used to guide or change recommended social distancing, personal protection, and/or work related policies. WCHC encourages everyone to assist in limiting the spread of disease. Remember to cough and/or sneeze into your arm or shoulder or use a tissue. The spread of germs can be reduced by coughing into your clothing. Avoid covering your mouth with your hands, as the germs can easily be passed through direct contact with surfaces or people. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after you are symptom free.

For more information on COVID-19 antibody testing, visit www.wchc.org.