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UH Offers COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing for Local Organizations

University Hospitals is committed to helping keep our community safe and healthy. For this reason, we are now offering businesses, schools and other organizations the opportunity to host COVID-19 rapid antigen testing events at their location.

What is an Antigen Test? Is it the same as an Antibody Test?

An antigen test reveals if a person is currently infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Antigens are molecules in your blood (bacteria or viruses) that trigger the body’s immune system to produce antibodies to fight the foreign substance. The antibodies bind to the antigens and destroy it. Once the infection is gone, the antigens will also be gone. If antigens are present, it means the person is currently infected with COVID-19.

In comparison, an antibody test (blood test), can determine if a person has already had or been exposed to COVID-19. The antibody test is not used to diagnose current infection as it can take the body some time to produce antibodies.


How is an Antigen Test Done?

The person conducting the test will insert a long nasal swab into your nostril and swirl it around for about 10 seconds. The test may be uncomfortable but it is not painful. The sample is then analyzed for the presence of COVID-19 antigens. The test takes approximately 20 minutes from beginning to end.

The rapid, minimally invasive nature of the antigen test makes it an ideal method for testing large groups of people in corporate or community settings.


Schedule an Antigen Testing Event for Your Organization

University Hospitals will come to your organization on a day of your choice to provide your employees/members with the COVID-19 rapid antigen test. The time range for the event will be determined by the number of people being tested.

You may schedule a one-time event or multiple, ongoing surveillance events, spaced out as recommended by our clinical staff. Employee/member participation at these events may be voluntary or mandatory based on the event organizer’s preference.

For more information, or to schedule your event, contact Christina.Harper@UHhospitals.org.

Once your event date, time and location are finalized, you may download our customizable flyer to promote the event internally.

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