Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center have started to offer employees COVID-19 antibody tests, according to a press release the Upper Allegheny Health System issued Thursday morning. 

The COVID-19 antibody test is a blood draw that indicates whether or not a person had COVID-19. 

“A positive test means you were exposed to COVID-19 at some point in the past and your immune system was robust enough to launch an antibody-forming immune response," Dr. William Mills, chief medical officer at UAHS, stated in the release. "Typically, a positive antibody test means that you are immune to the disease, but as this is a “novel” virus, there is not enough evidence yet to determine whether you can get COVID-19 more than once.” 

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Mills said this testing capability will be a valuable asset for UAHS going forward. 

“Antibody testing will give us a better understanding of who in the workforce has some immunity to COVID-19,” Mills said. “The testing is an additional effort to determine how prevalent the disease is in our communities. Testing is the key to controlling the spread of this virus on local, state, national and global levels. As we expand testing, we are better able to keep people safe.”

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