Sanford Health offering COVID-19 antibody testing at Fargo locations

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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 6:53 am | Updated: 7:57 am, Fri Jul 31, 2020.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A test that could determine if an individual has previously been infected with COVID-19 is now available at Sanford Health locations in Fargo.

The direct access test for antibodies is available for $65 and does not require approval from a doctor.

The test, which is available at nearly 50 Sanford Health locations, requires a blood draw analysis for the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 

If antibodies are found, it is likely the person has previously had, or been exposed to, COVID-19. 

A lack of antibodies suggests the individual has not previously had the virus, or recently had the virus and antibodies have not yet been created. As with most tests, false positive and false negative results are possible.

Test results are delivered in My Sanford Chart within three to four days. Patients who do not have a My Sanford Chart account will receive results in the mail.

Antibodies are an immune system response formed to attack a virus. The test is not for determining if someone is currently ill. Anyone experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider.

“This is the next frontier i this ongoing battle against COVID-19,” said Allison Suttle, chief medical officer for Sanford Health. “Sanford Laboratories will be able to process more than 1,000 of these antibody tests each day. The information gained will be helpful to individuals, and also the health care community as we continue to learn more about this new virus.”

Because this is a direct access test, insurance is not billed and payment is required at the time of service. Sanford Laboratories accepts all major credit cards.

Antibody testing is available at these Fargo-area locations: Sanford Southpointe Clinic; Sanford North Fargo Clinic; Sanford West Fargo Clinic; Sanford Children’s Southwest Clinic; Sanford Medical Center Fargo; Sanford Broadway Clinic; and Sanford Neuroscience Clinic.

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