Kaleida Health announced Saturday that anyone can sign up for a test to see if their blood contains antibodies attributable to exposure to Covid-19.
"From a public health standpoint, that’s important," said Jody Lomeo, Kaleida president and CEO. "We are doing all that we can to expand testing and ensuring access in the community for anyone who wants or needs to get tested."
The antibody test, which requires a blood draw, seeks to determine whether a person's immune system has ever responded to the virus.
Advance appointments and a doctor's prescription are needed to obtain the test, which Kaleida now offers at sites in Buffalo, Orchard Park, Cheektowaga and North Tonawanda. Results come back in three or four days. They can be accessed through a Kaleida online patient portal or by checking with the patient's primary care physician.
Appointments can be made online at kaleidahealth.org/antibodytesting or by calling the Kaleida Health coronavirus hotline at 859-3222, which is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The same number can be called to obtain a test for the novel coronavirus itself.