- Healthcare companies are working to roll out widespread coronavirus antibody tests to Americans.
- But some of America’s richest already have access to them.
- From Miami’s Fisher Island to Colorado’s ski town of Telluride, wealthy enclaves are obtaining antibody tests for those who live and work there.
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Healthcare companies are currently racing to roll out antibody tests that will be able to identify whether one has previously been exposed to the coronavirus, which are expected to be implemented widescale pretty soon. But those living in some of the country’s richest enclaves are already receiving access to these much-awaited antibody tests.
Consider one ski resort town in Colorado and a private island in Miami, two wealthy communities that have obtained antibody tests for their residents. A reclusive community just outside of San Francisco will also be offering antibody testing to its residents later in April.
The rich already had advantages with diagnostic testing – testing to see if one currently has coronavirus – by hiring concierge doctors while the US continues to lag behind in widespread diagnostic testing.
Getting their hands on antibody tests earlier than everyone else is just the latest example of how the elite are weathering a different pandemic than the rest of the world.
The small ski resort town of Telluride, Colorado, received antibody tests for everyone in its county until testing delays occurred.
The ski town of Telluride, Colorado, is known for the privacy and discreet scene it offers America’s wealthy.
In late March, United Biomedical Inc. began rolling out its company’s newly developed COVID-19 antibody tests for free to all 8,000 small ski community of Telluride, Colorado, and the surrounding San Miguel County area, reported Business Insider’s Holly Secon.
During the first round of testing, 5,800 residents were tested – but United Biomedical’s New York lab, which was slated to process the blood samples, has been unable to complete about 75% of them due to staffing shortages caused by the outbreak, Secon wrote. New York is suffering greatly from the pandemic.
The company plans to resume processing the remaining tests from the first round of testing, according to a press release.
Every resident and staff member on Florida’s Fisher Island can now get a coronavirus antibody blood test.
A private island off the coast of Miami, Fisher Island is home to the most expensive zip code in the US. It’s only accessible by boat.
According to the Miami Herald, Fisher Island purchased thousands of rapid blood test kits from the University of Miami Health System (UHealth) – enough to test the island’s 800 families and 400 staff members.
In a statement emailed to Borden, Fisher Island spokesperson Sissy DeMaria Koehne noted that half of the island’s residents are over the age of 60, which the CDC previously deemed a higher-risk category for the coronavirus. She also noted that the island is funding the cost of testing.
The coastal community of Bolinas in California’s Marin County is offering antibody testing in April, as well as diagnostic testing to determine active COVID-19 infections.
The community has partnered with infectious disease experts at UCSF to provide drive-through testing by appointment only from April 20 to April 23. It’s offering both diagnostic testing to confirm if one is currently infected with the coronavirus and antibody testing to determine if one was previously infected with the coronavirus.
“This is an incredible opportunity for us to protect our elderly, first responders, and town-sustaining workers while contributing to research that will benefit every Bolinas community member and the entire Bay Area,” reads the official website.
Testing is free, but donations are encouraged.