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Date Updated: Friday, April 24, 2020

WMCHealth to Begin Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Workforce of 12,500 to begin voluntary testing, to be followed by community access

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(April 24, 2020) - WMCHealth is now offering COVID-19 antibody testing to our workforce throughout our network, including for employees based in the hospitals and medical practices at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.  Antibody testing, also known as serological testing, detects antibodies present in the blood when the body is responding to a specific infection, like COVID-19.  The antibody test may show if an individual has ever been infected with the virus, even if they did not have symptoms. 

Employees are now being offered access to voluntary antibody testing. As the workforce-testing program gets underway, WMCHealth plans to eventually offer testing to our communities-at-large.  Details of this program are being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks.

This antibody test does not take the place of testing for active infection that is currently being conducted in our testing sites across our entire network.  Testing for infection is available by appointment and community members experiencing symptoms can visit WMCHealth.org/Testing to find the hotline for a testing site near their community.

For more information about antibody testing, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/serology-testing.html or https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-serological-tests.

Updated:  April 24, 2020