Macoupin County Public Health announced Monday the county’s Maple Street Clinic in Gillespie is offering antibody tests to determine if a person has a current or past infection of COVID-19.
The point of care test by Cellex is 97 percent accurate, according to the manufacturer, and is available for $100. The out of pocket cost must be paid at the time of the test as insurance does not cover the test.
The health department said the test is taken from a blood sample and tests for IgG and IgM, past infection indicating if antibodies have been created and recent/current infection. Results are available in about 20 minutes and can be used to share with your healthcare provider.
A positive IgG test indicates the person has had COVID-19 in the past while a positive IgM test indicates current or recent infection. Negative results of both IgG and IgM imply the person has never had the COVID-19 infection.
“If a person gets this test within days of contracting the virus, the antibodies have not yet had enough time to develop to be detected,” the health department clarified. “Therefore you would get a negative result despite having a new infection.”
Call the Macoupin County COVID-19 hotline at 217-313-5078 for any questions and call the clinic at 217-839-1526 to schedule a test.