SANTA MONICA—From January 19 thru January 21, Calvary Baptist Church of Santa Monica announced it will be issuing free Coronavirus antibody testing.
The testing will be provided by a partnership with the church and GUARDaHEART Foundation. All testing will be free of charge between the available dates and upon appointment only.
Be providing the community with antibody testing will help communities fight against the virus and help provide more insight. The antibody testing is not recommended for symptomatic individuals.
The COVID-19 antibody testing is produced by the CARES ACT. As long as the individual does not have any symptoms, they qualify for the antibody testing. A parent or guardian must be present for all individuals under the age of 17.
This COVID-19 antibody blood test can be used to detect the presence of an IgM & IgG antibody response. A positive test represents an individual being infected with the COVD-19 pathogen and has developed some immunity level.
The SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing provided is one of the most reliable antibody tests available. With the sensitivity of 100 percent and a specificity of 99.6 percent performance evaluations.
By receiving the antibody test, it allows battling COVID-19 to flatten the curve and ensure a safe re-opening of the communities.
Stanford researchers condoned a study last November that more than half of all in hospital deaths that were pertaining to COVID-19 over a series of six months were Black and Hispanic individuals.
Nationally, the infection rate within the African-American community is between 16 percent to 18 percent. While the Latino community is among 14 percent to 18 percent.
For those interested is getting antibody tested can register by doing the following:
- GUARDaHEART Foundation website: www.GuardaHeart.org
- Registration Link: https://cutt.ly/SjOucaV
- Individuals without internet access or need assistance in Spanish please call 866-299-8998
- Walk-ups are welcome on the day of the event, but please be prepared to wait