Released: 5/8/2020 4:05:10 PM
Kaleida Health today announced expanded COVID-19 testing, offering antibody tests for anyone in the Western New York community.
Often called a serology test, it looks for certain things called antibodies in your blood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your body makes these when it fights an infection, like COVID-19. (The same thing happens when you get a vaccine, like a flu shot. That’s how you develop immunity to a virus.)
The antibody test is not checking for the virus itself. Instead, it looks to see whether your immune system – your body’s defense against illness – has responded to the infection.
Giving community members the opportunity to obtain antibody testing will help determine how prevalent the disease is in our community, slow the spread of infection and help keep people safe.
Kaleida Health Laboratories is offering antibody testing to the community at locations in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, North Tonawanda and Orchard Park.
"Offering community-wide antibody testing will continue to help provide important information about who has had COVID-19," said Jody Lomeo, president and CEO, Kaleida Health. "From a public health standpoint, that’s important. 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."
Antibody testing requires a blood draw, and you must have an appointment to receive a test. A prescription from your primary care provider is also required. Appointments can be made online at www.kaleidahealth.org/antibodytesting or by calling the Kaleida Health Coronavirus Hotline at 716-859-3222 (open daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.).
Results will be available in 3-4 days in the Patient Portal on the MyKaleida mobile app. The link to the Patient Portal is in the "My Health" section.
You must have a Patient Portal account to view results. If you do not have an account, you will receive an email invitation to gain access. Tested individuals can also contact their primary care provider for results.