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MCPH to offer antibody testing for COVID-19

MCPH to offer antibody testing for COVID-19

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) will begin offering serological, or antibody, testing for COVID-19. This is a blood test that looks for antibodies in your blood. It can detect the body’s immune response to the infection caused by the virus, rather than detecting the virus itself.

Mesa County Public Health plans to use the tests for epidemiological purposes, broadening our understanding of the timeline and impacts of COVID-19 in our community. “Our case counts have remained low, leaving many to believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 even earlier than when the first case in Mesa County was detected,” Jeff Kuhr Executive Director, Mesa County Public Health, said. “These tests will help us put together a more complete picture of the virus in our local community, and could provide valuable information to help us plan should another wave of illness hit in the months ahead.”

It is important to note, as we learn more about this novel coronavirus, these types of tests should be used for research, not diagnostic purposes. That means regardless of the result you get, you should continue to take preventive measures. Much is still unknown about how long immunity may last following COVID-19, so we caution patients to not use this test, or the results they may get, as a false sense of security.

Only certain types of antibody tests are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The test MCPH is using is approved under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization and results are available within a few days.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are distributing rapid test kits to detect antibodies, these tests have not been evaluated or approved for this type of use. Additionally, antibody tests may cross-react with other respiratory viruses resulting in false-positive results. 

Mesa County Public Health will do blood draws by appointment. Fill out this form for pricing and to be contacted for scheduling.

MCPH Launches Webpage Dedicated to Response & Readiness for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

MCPH Launches Webpage Dedicated to Response & Readiness for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

AS THE CDC WARNS OF CONTINUED SPREAD OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) IN THE UNITED STATES, MCPH HAS LAUNCHED THIS WEBPAGE AS A RESOURCE FOR OUR COMMUNITY FOR CURRENT, RELIABLE INFORMATION.

There have been 0 confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Mesa County. To ensure our community is prepared, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has a dedicated place for current information on our website. 

With the rapidly changing information, MPCH has created this site to be a resource for our community on current recommendations, resources, ways to prepare, and answers to some frequently asked questions related to COVID-19. We’ve broken the information into sections targeted to providers, businesses, and the community at large. Some of the information is included here for quick reference, but each section online is expanded with additional suggestions, downloadable resources, links and more. 

MCPH Webpage for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Statewide Hotline 

People who have general questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.