Free Antibody Tests for Dothan City School Employees
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FREE ANTIBODY TESTS FOR DOTHAN CITY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES
DOTHAN, AL – Dothan City Schools (DCS) has partnered with Alabama Clinics to offer free COVID-19 Antibody testing for employees interested in participating. The date of the free “drive-thru” testing for only DCS employees will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Alabama Clinics on Highway 52. The testing is voluntary for employees, and the results WILL NOT be shared with Dothan City School administration.
"In an effort to bring some sense of comfort and possible understanding to our employees during this unsettling time," said Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards, "the school system will cover the costs of providing this opportunity for our employees."
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), antibody blood tests, also called antibody tests, checks your blood by looking for antibodies, which show if you had a previous infection with the virus—depending on when someone was infected. The test may not find antibodies in someone with a current COVID-19 infection. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections. Antibody tests are not and should not be used to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19.
Employees will need to provide their insurance card to the clinic staff and there should be no out of pocket costs for the tests. DCS will be covering the cost of Alabama Clinics’ staff to provide the test for DCS employees on this reserved date. For more information, DCS employees can contact their immediate supervisor.