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EDMOND, Okla., May 18, 2020—Oklahoma ER & Hospital can now test for COVID-19 antibodies in-house using the Cellex antibody test. This test is the first of its kind to be authorized by the FDA through the Emergency Use Authorization process on April 1. Due to the overwhelming demands of the national pandemic, supplies of Cellex have been constrained. However, Oklahoma ER & Hospital is now among the certified medical facilities with this “game-changing” serology test.
Antibody testing is also known as serology testing, which checks for the presence of antibodies, or unique proteins created in response to infections. Antibodies are created by the immune system to protect the body from allergens, bacteria, and viruses. By testing the level of antibodies in someone’s blood, it can determine if they had an immune response to the infection or if they were previously infected. The Cellex test looks for two types of antibodies, IgG and IgM, which rise as the body mounts an immune reaction to fight off the SARS-COV2 virus.
The Cellex test requires a small blood sample and a laboratory certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) to analyze the results. Fortunately, Oklahoma ER & Hospital’s laboratory is both CLIA and COLA certified. CLIA is a federal government standard for ensuring quality laboratory testing of humans. Meanwhile, COLA Inc. is a leading national laboratory accreditor whose program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLA and other regulatory requirements.
Once the blood is drawn, it will be tested in-house for COVID-19 indicators using the Cellex kit. Results from the test will appear after approximately 20 minutes, keeping anticipation to a minimum. Although there is uncertainty as to whether the development of antibodies to COVID-19 necessarily suggest long-term immunity, Oklahoma ER & Hospital can also offer the standard PCR testing in addition to the antibody testing.
The Cellex antibody test will be exceptionally beneficial for individuals, as well as employers and public health officials, to determine whether they have been exposed to COVID-19 and have developed an immune response. We encourage the public to take serious precautions regarding your health during this time.