Local Kroger pharmacies to offer COVID-19 antibody testing by end of November

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 17:24:54-04

CINCINNATI — By the end of November, you could find out if you've been previously infected with COVID-19 in minutes using a test from your local Kroger pharmacy or clinic.

Kroger Health announced Wednesday the launch of rapid antibody tests across its family of pharmacies.

The tests cost $25 and typically provide results within 15 minutes, according to a Kroger Health release.

The test is available to people who believe they may have previously been infected with COVID-19 and are not currently experiencing symptoms.

The FDA-authorized finger-prick blood sample tests will be available at all Kroger pharmacies and clinics by the end of November. They are already available in California at Ralphs locations and in Michigan.

"Making rapid antibody testing available across our family of pharmacies will not only provide an affordable and convenient testing solution for individuals who want to understand if they have previously been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, but also help clinicians understand the long-term impacts of COVID-19 and potential public health strategies for fighting the disease," said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health, in a news release.

The rapid antibody tests are conducted by a licensed health professional. They were first authorized by the FDA for emergency use in July and further authorized for broader point-of-care use last month.

Kroger said it is the first retailer to offer the testing solution to its customers.