Higher rates among those under 20 years old, hospital staff
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Baton Rouge General (BRG) has performed more than 3,600
antibody tests and, as of today, 5.5% of those tests came back positive.
A positive test indicates that a person was likely infected with COVID-19
and that their body has produced antibodies, specific proteins which are
made in response to infections. This is an increase from a 4.5% positive
rate in May.
The results also showed:
- While those under 20 years old made up only 1.7% of test takers, 8% of
positive tests came from patients under 20.
- Among BRG employees, there is an 8% positive rate.
- While African Americans made up only 9% of test takers, 16% of positive
results came from African American patients.
Antibody testing is most useful for people who experienced symptoms of
COVID-19. Antibodies develop between anywhere from 1-3 weeks 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.
BRG began offering antibody tests in late April and offers them at most
of its primary care and urgent care clinics. For more information on BRG’s
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900 and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University
School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including
a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine
Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine
Fellowship Program. For more information, visit
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