Antibody testing added to COVID-19 testing

Premier Medical Group and the County of Hawai‘i are offering antibody testing at their Waimea, North Kohala and Hilo testing clinics. Antibody testing can determine if you have previously had COVID-19.

The next clinics that will offer antibody testing are:

  • Waimea District Park — Friday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • North Kohala (Kamehameha Park) — Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Hilo (behind the Civic) — Monday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through Manono Street entrance

Antibody testing will be available only to those previously identified as having had the Coronavirus, or those with high risk exposures, including healthcare workers, first responders, and family members or those with close contact to known positives.

A simple blood draw detects the presence of SARS-Cov2 IgG antibodies in your system.  However, the presence of antibodies cannot prove whether the person is immune from getting COVID-19 in the future, and if there is immunity, how long it might last.

Note: there is a $43 out-of-pocket cost to people whose medical insurance plans do not cover the antibody test. Call your insurance provider to find out if you’re covered.

People who visit the screening clinic will be asked to show photo ID.  Additionally, people are requested to bring their own pen.