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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Antibody Testing Begins In New York

Kevin P. Coughlin
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Governor Cuomo and Northwell Health President and C.E.O. Michael Dowling tour the Northwell Health Core Lab in New Hyde Park Sunday. The State Department of Health will begin to conduct an antibody testing survey Monday.

Hospitalizations and deaths in New York from coronavirus continue to decline. 530 people in the state died on Saturday from the pandemic. Meanwhile, the FDA has approved New York’s antibody test and a survey program begins today.

Antibody tests show who has already been infected with Covid-19 and maybe never knew it. Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York will test 3,000 people across the state in order to get a broad sample of who has already been infected.

“They talk about herd immunity, talk about infection rate and we’re all trying to extrapolate from that, but we have not had data on where we are.”

Cuomo also continued pressing the federal government for more help on diagnostic testing, which tests who currently has the disease. He says millions of these tests are needed before society can open.

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Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.
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