King’s Daughters’ Health is now providing antibody testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Antibody testing is available to anyone at a cost of $75 per test. If desired, patients may file a personal claim with their insurance provider for potential reimbursement.

The hospital’s COVID-19 Clinic continues to serve as a coronavirus test site but unlike those tests, which determine if a patient is currently positive for the virus, the antibody tests looks for specific markers indicating whether a patient has previously contracted COVID-19 and possibly not known that. Many people are thought to have contracted the virus and recovered while experiencing mild or no symptoms.

A positive antibody test indicates only that the individual tested has previously contracted COVID-19, whether known or unknown. Unless otherwise specified during registration, patients will receive testing results via mail.

Based upon CDC guidelines, patients who have been sick — whether tested for COVID-19 or not — should wait at least three weeks from the onset of symptoms to complete the antibody test. Patients who may have previously been sick — dating as far back as December — or those who think they might have been asymptomatic, showing few or no symptoms, may be tested at any time.

Testing is currently limited to a specific number of tests per day, so it may take a few days to schedule the antibody test. Healthcare workers and first responders receive top priority.

To schedule a COVID-19 antibody test through KDH, patients may contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 812-801-8010 or call their personal care physician or nurse practitioner.

Patients who receive a positive antibody result are encouraged to speak with their provider about donating plasma to help treat other patients who test positive for COVID-19, a course of treatment that has been life-saving for some patients suffering from the virus.

Antibody testing also allows local and state health departments to understand the impact of COVID-19 in the communities KDH serves and get a more accurate picture of how many people actually contracted the virus locally as opposed to the number of positive cases that have been reported.