Coronavirus antibody testing available in Florence

The testing is 99% accurate within two weeks of exposure to coronavirus.

Posted: May 1, 2020 3:08 PM
Updated: May 1, 2020 3:30 PM

MedPlus on Mall Road in Florence is officially offering a coronavirus antibody test at its drive-thru clinic.

The test was developed by Abbott and detects the antibody protein (iGg) to the novel coronavirus. It shows if a person has had the virus and built up an immunity to it.

To get the test, a doctor will draw blood and send it off to a lab. The results come back in two or three days.

"This could lead to a significant change in overall how we approach reopening the Shoals, Alabama, and our country as a whole. If people are positive and have the immunity to this disease, it's almost like a passport," said Bradi Ray, a nurse practitioner at MedPlus.

The lab result for the test costs $43 plus any co-pays. To get the test, you cannot have any symptoms of coronavirus. MedPlus and other clinics are also testing for coronavirus.

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