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On Sunday, we broke a story about Copley Hospital offering a Covid-19 antibody test — just before national outlets began reporting on the trend.
Copley is the only health care facility in Vermont and one of a small number nationwide to offer the trial serology tests.
Antibody tests hold promise as a tool to protect health care workers and that could ultimately allow people who had the virus without symptoms to get back to work without fear of jeopardizing their own safety or that of others.
Vermonters who are immune to Covid-19 could also donate blood plasma antibodies to help others stave off or fight the virus. That initiative, which the FDA has also approved for emergency use during the pandemic, could help fend off the disease while a vaccine is being developed.
Copley Hospital has completed 40 tests on staff members and has a limited supply, but if more become available, Copley’s president and CEO Joseph Woodin says they will offer it to the broader community.
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