STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - One urgent care facility in Starkville is testing patients for coronavirus antibodies.
Christina Poole is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the State Urgent Care on South Montgomery Street.
She said they tested over 200 patients since issuing their first test on April 27.
"It's more and more everyday," said Poole.
Poole said the antibody testing can determine if a patient had any type of exposure to COVID-19 in the past.
If the results are positive, Poole said it means the patient could have contracted the virus or the patient could have been exposed to it.
“That does mean that they obviously have some immunity. That does not mean that they cannot get the virus again, but hopefully that would mean that their body is less likely to get a more sever infection," she said.
Poole said the testing process is fairly simple.
A patient can go to the facility, pay a copay and get their vital signs checked. Then a health care worker will draw a small vial of blood from the vein and send the samples off to the lab.
Poole said it takes 1-3 days to get the test results back.
"It's a very good test. It's just a new test, so we haven't seen a lot of positives," she said.
Poole said when a patient tests negative, it could mean the patient was never exposed to the virus or if it could potentially be a false negative result.
She said there are some factors that could produce a false negative test result.
A patient not getting tested at the right time could produce a false negative if exposure to the virus wasn't for a long enough time.
Poole also said a false negative test result can come from a patient having an immunity problem which causes their body to not make antibodies like other healthy people.