Health, National, News, State/Region, Top Stories — April 15, 2020 at 12:42 pm

Mayo Clinic is now offering antibody tests for COVID-19

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(Woodbury, MN) In the United States alone there have been about 602,000 documented cases of the Corona Virus. Minnesota has 1,650 cases of COVID-19 and 70 of those people who were infected died as a result of the virus. It seems that the number of cases is rising daily and it doesn’t look like Minnesota is any closer to hitting the peak. So this goes to pose the question, is there anything that we can do to help get us on track to reach our peak sooner? And, what can we do to help all the workers who are working on the frontlines?

Monday, The Mayo Clinic announced that they will be starting the process of antibody testing. The goal of this test will be to help identify the immune response to SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes the novel Corona Virus. The clinic will be working closely with the State of Minnesota and federal officials to gain access to the testing capacity to support efforts in protecting the frontline medical workers who are responding to the Corona Virus pandemic.

William Morice, II, president of the Mayo Clinic Laboratories said:

“This testing is a critical component to our nation’s response to the pandemic, and making this test available to our colleagues around this country is our priority.”

This type of test is only successful in detecting antibodies to the virus, not to diagnose a recent or active infection. It also is unable to detect the date of exposure. The antibody test is encouraged for those who have had at least 10 days since their symptoms were last present as well as 10 days after known exposure to the virus.

The initial capacity will be about 8,000 tests per day and will be performed at Laboratories across Mayo Clinic locations. The laboratories will be implementing a systematic roll out to all their clients and partners. The antibody testing will be performed all 24 hours of the day and the Mayo Clinic Laboratories will be working to ensure that the turn around time is as close to 24 hours after the sample was taken.

William also said,

“There is an enormous demand for this kind of testing, at this time the antibody testing needs to be prioritized for efforts to identify individuals in areas where potential immunity is key; supporting health care workers, screening for potential plasma donors and helping advance the most promising vaccine candidates”.

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