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COVID-19 Antibody Testing Opens for the Public

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Meritus Health is opening up testing for COVID-19 antibodies to the general public beginning Wednesday, June 10.

Anyone interested in receiving an antibody test must first speak with his/her primary care provider and request a laboratory order. Antibody testing is available at any Meritus Medical Laboratory patient service center with a lab order. Meritus Medical Laboratory locations and hours are available by visiting https://www.meritushealth.com/treatment-care/medical-lab/

Test results will be accessible to patients through the MyChart patient portal, a resource for those receiving health care from a Meritus Health facility. Registration for MyChart is available at https://www.meritushealth.com/patients-visitors/mychart-patient-portal/

Lab results will also be made available to the health care professional who provided the lab order.

“Antibodies are essentially the footprints left behind when the coronavirus has lived in a body,” explains John Newby, M.D., medical director for the lab. “There is a possibility that antibody testing could lead to plasma donations in the future that may help those in our community who have been directly impacted by this coronavirus.”

Research shows antibody tests indicate a person may have had COVID-19 in the past, but not necessarily that he/she is immune to future infections. Health care professionals do not recommend using antibody test results as a reason to be less vigilant wearing personal protective equipment like masks or to refrain from the practice of social distancing and regular hand washing.

Meritus Medical Laboratory increased safety measures early on in the pandemic.

“We are here and our labs are safe,” says Newby.

Antibody tests do not take the place of COVID-19 tests.

COVID-19 testing continues for all ages, including those who do not currently have symptoms but suspect or are concerned they have been exposed, at the Meritus Health drive-thru screening center. The center is located at 13620 Crayton Blvd., behind Meritus Medical Plaza and open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. No appointments or referrals are required for COVID-19 testing.

While COVID-19 testing remains available at no cost to the patient, insurance or patients will be billed for antibody testing.