MONTROSE, CO – Montrose Memorial Hospital announced that COVID-19 antibody testing will be available to the public next week in Montrose County.
From Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19, antibody testing will be available from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Montrose County Event Center’s lobby. Testing includes a blood draw, which is then analyzed in the lab. Participants will receive results within 5-7 business days indicating if their body has developed antibodies for COVID-19 or not.
Antibody tests are different from COVID-19 tests. Antibody tests indicate if your body had COVID-19, not necessarily if you currently have it. Antibody tests do not replace the need for COVID-19 tests for individuals who are currently experiencing symptoms. Additionally, there is no medical confirmation that antibodies offer protection from COVID-19 – and if they do, for how long. This test does not provide actionable information for medical providers. Additionally, participants will need to bring the results to their provider if needed.
Antibody tests are $75. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. MMH will not bill your insurance. No appointments necessary. The community is encouraged to come another time if there is a long line upon arrival. Social distancing, temperature checks and masking guidelines will be implemented on site. Must be at least 18 years old to participate.
Participants do not need to fast for this blood draw, and are encouraged to drink plenty of water.
Regardless of test results, individuals are expected to continue to follow public health interventions: stay home if sick, quarantine if exposed, stay 6’ away from others when able, use a mask when in public or within 6’ of others, limit outings, and use common sense.
For more information, please visit https://www.montrosehospital.com/CovidAntibody