Kaleida Health announces antibody testing available to general public

Posted at 10:30 AM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 20:24:32-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Kaleida Health announced Saturday it will offer antibody testing to anyone in Western New York.

The antibody test does not test for COVID-19, instead it tests to see whether you have been exposed to it and your immune system has responded to it.

"Offering community-wide antibody testing will continue to help provide important information about who has had COVID-19," said Jody Lomeo, president and CEO, Kaleida Health. "From a public health standpoint, that’s important. We are doing all that we can to expand testing and ensuring access in the community for anyone who wants or needs to get tested.

Antibody testing requires a blood draw, you must have a prescription from your primary care provider and make an appointment to receive a test.

You can visit Kaleida's website here to schedule an appointment or call the Kaleida Health Coronavirus Hotline at 716-859-3222 (open daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.). Testing is available at locations in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, North Tonawanda and Orchard Park.

"You must have a Patient Portal account to view results. If you do not have an account, you will receive an email invitation to gain access. Tested individuals can also contact their primary care provider for results. Results will be available in 3-4 days in the Patient Portal on the MyKaleida mobile app. The link to the Patient Portal is in the 'My Health' section," Kaleida said in a release.