Kern County to participate in COVID-19 antibody study

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County will be participating in CalScope’s second antibody study to help health professionals determine how many Californians have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Surveys and a free finger-prick blood sample antibody test will randomly be sent out to households in Alameda, El Dorado, Kern, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Diego, and Shasta counties for the study, according to Kern Public Health. The study will not ask for any identifying information.

CalScope will send out 200,000 invitations to households in the participating counties, which started on Oct. 15.

Kern County Public Health is teaming up with the California Department of Public Health, Stanford University School of Medicine, Enable Biosciences, Exa Health, and other county public health departments to conduct the study.

For more information about CalScope, visit its website.

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