BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge General has completed over 1,500 antibody tests in the last month.
BRG has results from those tests and they show that “4.5% of those tests came back positive.”
What that means is that those who tested positive likely had COVID-19 at one time.
According to Baton Rouge General, “their body has produced antibodies, specific proteins which are made in response to infections.”
The hospital broke down the results below:
- While African Americans made up only 5% of test takers, 17% of positive results came from African American patients.
- Only one positive test was from a person under 20 years old.
- Half of BRG’s positive tests have come from people between the ages of 40-59.
- Women are more likely to get tested than men, but they test positive at the same rate.
Baton Rouge General did specify that test takers were given the COR2G serology test.
That test is known to produce good results when trying to find individuals with the COVID-19 antibodies.
BRG provided this information about antibody testing:
Antibody testing is most useful for people who experienced symptoms of COVID-19. Antibodies develop between eight and 14 days after the onset of symptoms, so it’s best to wait at least 10 days after initial symptom onset or 10 days after a known exposure to COVID-19 to be tested for the most accurate result.