NEW YORK (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that New York State will begin "aggressive" antibody testing this week.
Antibody testing will further detect who has been infected with COVID-19.
NEW: NYS will undertake the most aggressive statewide antibody testing survey in the nation in the next week.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 19, 2020
It will tell us for the first time what percentage of the population has actually had #Coronavirus.
This will be the first true snapshot of what we’re dealing with.
"The testing survey will sample 3,000 people for a population of 19.5 million people - for context Germany performed a 3,000-person sample with a population of 83 million. Large-scale antibody testing will help determine the percentage of the population that is now immune to the virus, allowing more individuals to safely return to work," according to Cuomo's office.
Watch Governor Cuomo's full update below: