By Sharon Aron Baron
Six weeks after initial testing began for the statewide study in partnership with the State of Florida Department of Health, Coral Springs hosted its second round of antibody testing for employees.
The study is used to evaluate the antibody status of employees every six weeks for a total of three times.
During their initial round of antibody testing in May, all 600 city employees were virus-free. After the second round of testing, ten employees were IGG positive — indicating they may have had COVID-19 and developed antibodies, which may protect them from the virus in the future.
Five were IGM positive, indicating they may have been infected, and their immune system was starting to respond to the virus.
Of 15 employees who were IGG or IGM positive, all received PCR COVID-19 testing via throat swab, which confirmed two employees to be asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
“Ensuring the health of our workforce is paramount to the continuity of our operations,” said City Manager Frank Babinec, who added, “Our staff must serve the public in the safest manner possible – especially our most vulnerable and at-risk populations. The antibody testing allowed us to identify asymptomatic employees, who are self-isolating to prevent further transmission of the virus.”
Residents who need to be tested for COVID-19 can click here for a list of Broward County locations.
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