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Coquille Valley Hospital offers COVID-19 antibody testing

The test is only intended to detect antibodies to the virus, not to diagnose active or recent infections.

Posted: Apr 21, 2020 11:28 AM
Updated: Apr 21, 2020 6:23 PM

COQUILLE, Ore.— The Coquille Valley Hospital is now offering coronavirus antibody testing.

According to their website, the 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 virus, not to diagnose active or recent infections.

Staff said they were selected to start antibody testing because of their partnership with the Mayo Clinic. They said the tests are sent to the Mayo Clinic's labs. Depending on how many tests they receive, staff said patients could expect to see their results in five days. 

CEO Jeff Lang said the test is a way for them to see how susceptible the community is to coronavirus as a whole.

“I think there was just a lot of questions in our community related to COVID-19," said Lang. "This helps people answer another question on their mind.”

Testing started on Tuesday in a tent right outside of the hospital with walk-up or drive-through options available. Staff said the outdoor clinic will be available for the next few weeks, then the test will become a part of their lab's testing menu. 

Staff said they tested more than 100 people on their first day, both employees and community members. 

Patients must be symptom-free of fever or cough for two weeks in order to get tested. There is no prior physician’s referral needed.

The test costs $95 with insurance.

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