FAMU COVID-19 Test Site To Have Antibody Testing, Separate Lane For Seniors, Symptomatic Individuals
The COVID-19 test site at Florida A & M University will add lanes for symptomatic people and for those who are 65 years-of-age and older. These patients will swab themselves under the supervision of a healthcare worker. Gov. Ron DeSantis says those tests will get priority meaning those results will come more quickly:
“So it’s not going to be seven days, which is what’s been happening. So hopefully it will be you know, more of a 48 to 72-hour window which I think is a big deal when you’re talking about this.”
The FAMU test site will also begin offering antibody testing. Antibody tests tell people whether they have been infected with COVID-19. DeSantis says that knowledge is valuable:
“We’ve seen the antibody rates increase throughout Florida, and some days we’ll test 15, 16, 17% of the test takers will be positive for antibodies. Now, it’s not scientifically representative because it’s just first-come, first-serve. But I think that there’s a surprising amount of antibodies out there.”
Meanwhile, traditional testing lanes for asymptomatic people will continue to be available.