The University of Arizona is expanding COVID-19 antibody testing eligibility across the state and opening a new site in Nogales.
All hospital employees along with health-care professionals licensed in naturopathy, homeopathy, podiatry, chiropractic examiners, optometry and other health-care categories are now eligible, as are corrections officers and child safety workers employed by the state.
The antibody blood test does not detect whether a person is currently infected with the coronavirus but rather if they’ve had the virus already and have built up antibodies against COVID-19.
According to the UA, of approximately 6,000 blood samples analyzed during the initial phase of testing in Pima County, the UA’s antibody test returned no false positive results as measured by virus-neutralizing antibodies, the university said in a news release.
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