Ventura Co. Offering Free COVID-19 Antibody Tests Starting Today

Rebekah Sager
June 22, 2020 - 5:18 am

    Starting today and going on through the next two weeks, Ventura County is offering free coronavirus antibody tests, county officials said.

    Antibody tests allow people to learn if they've been infected with COVID-19, even if they're asymptomatic -- meaning they haven't experienced any symptoms of the virus. 

    The testing is part of a larger COVID-19 antibody study offered by a coalition of private and public entireties. Officials are hoping the study can provide information about the prevalence of the virus, the false-positive results, and any changes in antibody levels. 

    The Oxnard Fire Department has already administered more than 3,000 antibody tests, including about 1,700 tests of county first responders and 1,500 tests of the general public, according to a news release from study partner California Lutheran University's Center for Economic Research & Forecasting

    The tests are private and no identification is needed to have the test. 

    Results will be made available to participants online or via their smartphone up to 48 hours after the test is taken. Instructions on how to access test results will be provided at the testing site.

    Anyone who receives a positive antibody test result from the Abbott Labs will be retested using the Bio-Rad antibody tests to ensure no false-positive results are issued.

    Tests will be offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the county. The testing sites change every day. 

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    Monday: Simi Valley at Santa Susana High School, 3570 Cochran St.

    Tuesday: Thousand Oaks at the Elks Lodge, 158 N. Conejo School Road. and Oxnard from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Westminster Free Clinic at 1800 S. C St.

    Wednesday: Simi Valley at Knolls Elementary School, 6334 Katherine Road.

    Thursday: Moorpark at Chaparral Middle School, 280 Poindexter Ave.

    Friday: Simi Valley at the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, 2003 Royal Ave.

     June 29: Camarillo at Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd. and Oxnard at Oxnard College parking lot B, 4000 S. Rose Ave.

     June 30: Santa Paula at the Agriculture Museum of Ventura County, 926 Railroad Ave.

    July 1: Camarillo at kidSTREAM, 3100 E. Ponderosa Drive.

    July 2: Ojai Valley at Redemption Church, 190 E. El Roblar Drive.

    July 3: Fillmore at Shiells Park, 649 C St.

    Drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in LA County recently switched to self-administered nasal swabs.

    After the city opened up testing to all LA County residents in April, regardless of whether they have symptoms, turnaround times shot up.  Initially reported by Peschiutta last month, the lag time for test results was taking days.

    USC is currently working on a plan to make sure only healthy students, staff and faculty are on campus when in-person classes resume again in August.

    It's testing a COVID-19 symptom tracker called "Trojan Check."

    USC Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman tells KNX people will have to log onto a website or app on their phones to answer questions about symptoms and exposure before they head to campus each day.