GUARDaHEART, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Intentional Talk Radio Unite
GUARDaHEART, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Intentional Talk Radio Unite to Offer No Cost COVID-19 Antibody Testing
July 29,2020 COVID-19 Antibody Tests Covered Under the CARES Act With or Without Insurance. Antibody testing provides the vital next step to flatten the curve of coronavirus
GUARDaHEART knows how important antibody testing is... This will help ensure people of Los Angeles to know whether they have developed Covid-19 antibodies, as we work to reopen our community...”— Estrella Harrington, Founder of GUARDaHEART Foundation
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES,
Amid this unprecedented crisis following a wave of unemployment and loss of insurance for residents in California, Orange County-based nonprofit GUARDaHEART has partnered with Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Intentional Talk Radio in the Los Angeles area to offer COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody testing at no cost under the CARES Act.
Anyone can receive a COVID-19 serology antibody test on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on August 5, 6, 7, and the following week August 12, 13 and 14 in the parking lot of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Parking lot area number 116 off of Stocker Ave and Victoria View Park Ave. The COVID-19 antibody testing event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The antibody test, covered under the CARES Act, will be offered to those with or without insurance. This kind gesture is led by GUARDaHEART, a 501c(3) foundation that provides education to the community and corporations with the goal to prevent and eradicate heart disease and other diseases. “LEARN. DETECT. PREVENT.”
Experts say that the antibody test may be an essential step in battling COVID-19. It can be used to flatten the curve and provide for a safe re-opening of the community. All tests and results are confidential under HIPAA guidelines and results are available in three days or less.
Regarding the no cost COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody testing, candidates are asked to first register by completing a form online. Registration is also open for walk-ins at the testing site (allow for extended wait time).
This COVID-19 antibody blood test can be used to detect the presence of an IgG antibody response. A positive result indicates that an individual has been infected with the COVID-19 pathogen in the past and has developed some level of immunity. While serological tests should not be used to diagnose active infections, they can identify past COVID-19 infections and whether a person has developed an immune response or immunity to COVID-19.
The SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody test being provided has a sensitivity of 100 percent and a specificity of 99.6 percent based on initial performance evaluations. This test is one of the most reliable antibody tests available and far more reliable than many other tests being provided.
“We are bringing together the best minds in public health, academia and private industry to design a program that can help lower the risk for COVID-19 in all of our communities and keep us on the path to reopening,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.
“GUARDaHEART knows how important antibody testing is to safely reopen California,” Estrella Harrington, Founder of GUARDaHEART expressed. “This will help ensure people of Los Angeles to know whether they have developed Covid-19 antibodies, as we work to reopen our community. It will help slow the spread and reduce the risk of community spread. We want to ensure finances are no obstacle to battling the COVID-19 virus and ensure a safe reopening."
“We are proud to be partnering with the GUARDaHEART Foundation to bring the COVID-19 antibody testing to the community of Crenshaw. We feel that everyone should have the opportunity to be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody,” stated Jason Lombard, Community Outreach Director of Baldwin Hill Crenshaw Plaza.
“We want to help spread the word about the no cost COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody test to our community, surrounding communities and our listeners of our radio station. We all have to do our part and help our community flatten the curve of coronavirus,” said Yolanda Williams, Executive Director for Intentional Talk Radio Network.
Additional testing opportunities throughout Southern California are available by visiting GUARDaHEART.org. GUARDaHEART is actively working with businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community organizations in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and San Bernardino County to provide additional no-cost COVID-19 antibody testing to the public.