Area hospitals to begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing for patients

MADISON, Wis. — Some area hospitals will begin to offer COVID-19 antibody testing for patients and members of the community, according to a series of news releases from Tuesday.

UW Health, SSM Health and UnityPoint Health — Meriter have all confirmed they will offer the testing, which can detect the antibodies a person’s body makes to clear an infection and help prevent re-infection.

A typical antibody test is a blood test that can tell if a person has been previously infected. The COVID-19 diagnostic test is done with a nose swab to check for infection.

The test is intended for those who believe they had exposure with COVID-19 and no longer have symptoms or never had symptoms.

Patients must schedule an appointment in advance, as a physician needs to order the tests.

The best way for UW Health patients to schedule and receive results is through MyChart. Those unable to sign up online can call 608-720-6161 to schedule. UW Health in particular has four locations available for testing:

  • University Hospital (600 Highland Avenue)
  • UW West Clinic (451 Junction Road)
  • UW East Clinic (5249 East Terrace Drive)
  • The American Center Hospital (4602 Eastpark Boulevard)

Testing is available at all seven Unity Point Health — Meriter primary care clinics:

  • DeForest-Windsor Clinic (4200 Savannah Drive, DeForest)
  • Middleton Clinic (7780 Elmwood Avenue Ste 201, Middleton)
  • McKee Clinic (3102 Meriter Way, Madison)
  • West Washington Clinic (345 West Washington Avenue Ste 100, Madison)
  • Fitchburg Clinic (2690 Research Park Drive Ste F, Fitchburg)
  • Stoughton Clinic (100 Silverado Drive, Stoughton)
  • Monona Clinic (6408 Copps Ave, Monona)

The test is also available at SSM Health clinic locations throughout south-central Wisconsin. SSM Health patients interested in being tested can call to schedule an appointment or send a message to their provider or clinic through MyChart. To find the nearest SSM Health location, click here.

Health officials do not yet know if those with coronavirus antibodies have long-term immunity against re-infection. No matter if one’s test comes back positive or negative, health care professionals recommend continuing to practice social distancing and taking other preventative measures.

UW Health said a patient’s insurance company will be billed for the testing.