Dothan City Schools is partnering with Alabama Clinics to offer free COVID-19 antibody testing for school employees.
“In an effort to bring some sense of comfort and possible understanding to our employees during this unsettling time, the school system will cover the costs of providing this opportunity for our employees,” Superintendent Phyllis Edwards said.
For employees interested in participating, the free, drive-thru testing will take place at Alabama Clinics on Highway 52 on May 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Testing is voluntary, and results won’t be shared with Dothan City Schools administration.
Employees will need to provide their insurance card to the clinic staff. There should be no out-of-pocket costs for the tests; the school system will cover the cost of the test.
For more information, employees can contact their immediate supervisor.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, antibody tests require blood extraction. Blood is examined for antibodies, which show if the body 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 used to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19.