Spectrum Health begins testing for COVID-19 antibodies

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Posted at 9:18 AM, May 21, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spectrum Health announced it is now providing COVID-19 antibody testing, among the first health systems in the state to do so.

Anyone who wants such a test should contact their health provider first, as it requires a doctor’s order or an order from an “advanced practice provider.” The test costs $45 and should be covered by most insurance plans, Spectrum said in a release.

The test offered is a blood test called a two-tiered serology test that is recommmended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is supposed to be more accurate by confirming results through two different processes.

“We know that anyone who receives a positive result on this test has been exposed to COVID-19,” said Susan Smith, senior director of laboratory services at Spectrum Health.

Spectrum notes that the presence of antibodies does not make you immune to COVID-19 and it doesn’t mean you can stop washing your hands, wearing a mask, or maintain social distancing.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you can call 833-559-0659 to be scheduled for a free virtual screening.