Berkshire Health Systems has started to provide COVID-19 antibody testing in the community, which will help residents to know if they have had COVID-19 at some point in the past.

The testing however does not ensure immunity from the virus. The Berkshire reports that the testing is available through a blood test and only with a physician order. Interested residents can ask their primary care physician to submit an order to the BHS laboratory for a test to be drawn at a BHS blood draw station.

Patients accessing the antibody testing will be responsible for any co-pays, deductibles or self-pays required by their health insurers, and if they have questions regarding whether insurance will pay for the test should, they contact their insurance providers.

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