Antibody Testing Drive

Alderman Debra Silverstein is pleased to invite you to an Antibody Testing Drive, hosted together with Refuah 311 and Lifescan Labs. The test is designed to detect antibodies in a blood sample that would indicate that you may have previously had COVID-19 infection. If you receive a positive antibody result, please consider donating plasma to help those still suffering.

People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as a treatment for patients currently experiencing serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections.

If you have recovered from COVID-19, this is your opportunity to help those who are still suffering. A positive result does not mean you are immune to COVID-19.

The antibody test is provided with no out-of-pocket cost. Please enter your health insurance information in the registration form. Contact your insurance provider to confirm coverage. If you do not have health insurance, the State will cover the cost of your test as long as the proper information is provided on the registration form.

Antibody testing is NOT available to those currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. To qualify, you must have either been tested for COVID-19 by swab test at least 10 days prior, or had symptoms that began at least 10 days prior to this test. You must also be 18 years of age or older. There will be HIPAA and other consents that will need to be signed at the event and/or throughout the registration.

To ensure proper social distancing and the safety of all the staff and volunteers, ONLY drive-up appointments will be accepted. Please do not walk in, as we will not be able to accommodate you.

WHEN:

Thursday, June 18
11 AM – 7 PM
Pre-register to reserve a time slot

WHERE:

Warren Park
6601 N Western – Parking lot
Entrance at intersection of Western and Albion

For any questions, email Ward50@cityofchicago.org. For more information, view the Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is the SARS-CoV-2 IgG assay?

The test is designed to detect antibodies in a blood sample that would indicate that you may have current or prior COVID-19 infection.

Can anyone be tested? Do I qualify?

In order to be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, you must have either been tested for COVID-19 by swab test at least 10 days prior, or had symptoms that began at least 10 days prior to this test.

This test is not a diagnosis for COVID-19. Testing does not replace treatment by a medical provider.

Our test will only be open for individuals ages 18 and older.

What does the test cost?

There is no out of pocket fee for this test and it will be covered by your health insurance. Although, Insurance coverage varies based on insurance provider. Please contact your insurance provider to confirm coverage.

What if I do not have health insurance?

The state can cover your test as long as the proper information is provided. Our form requires a full legal name, Date of birth, address, and a form of ID, either a Social Security number or a Driver’s License Number.

How long will it take for my test to be resulted?

The expected turnaround time is 24-48 hours. This may vary.

What does it mean if I have a positive test result?

If you have a positive test result, it is likely that you have or previously had COVID-19 and that you have developed an antibody response to the virus. Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results along with other factors of your medical history, including any previous symptoms, possible exposure to COVID-19, and the location of places you have recently traveled. There is also the chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result).

What does it mean if I have a negative test result?

A negative test result means that the antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in you sample. However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID-19 infection. A negative result may occur if you are tested early in your illness and your body hasn’t had time to produce antibodies to infection. If this is the case, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you. It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.

Is this test FDA-approved or cleared?

No. This test is not yet approved or cleared by the United States FDA. When there are no FDA-approved or cleared tests available, and other criteria are met, FDA can make tests available under an emergency access mechanism called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The EUA for this test is supported by the Secretary of Health and Human Service’s (HHS’s) declaration that circumstances exist to justify the emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for the detection and/or diagnosis of the virus that causes COVID-19. This EUA will remain in effect (meaning this test can be used) for the duration of the COVID-19 declaration justifying emergency of IVDs, unless it is terminated or revoked by FDA (after which the test may no longer be used).

Test Details-Use

Qualitative detection of IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to help identify individuals who have been exposed to the virus. Serologic results should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude recent SARS-CoV-2 infection. This test is recommended in individuals at least 10 days post symptom onset or following exposure to individuals confirmed COVID-19.

Please understand the testing unit is not acting as your medical provider. Please assume complete and full responsibility to take appropriate action with regards to your test results. Please seek medical advice, care and treatment from your medical provider if you have questions or concerns, or if your condition worsens. Please understand that, as with any medical test, there is the potential for false positive or false negative test results can occur.

 

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