BRUNSWICK WGME — One of the new antibody COVID-19 test sites is up and running.
Crystal Lacasse runs Lacasse Phlebotomy Services and has been testing people for COVID-19 antibodies since April.
“We’re looking for the antibodies to see if anybody built an immune response to COVID-19,” she said.
Lacasse recently opened a test site for those without a doctor’s note.
“I wanted to get this out there for more people who can’t get an ordering doctor to order these antibodies who really wanna know was the sickness they had COVID,” she said.
The company has a lab to perform the tests plus a medical provider to process the results.
“The goal is to get more information into the laboratories more information into the CDC so that way, we can really track this virus and really get rid of it,” said Office Manager Sherri Seabey.
At a cost of $175 per person, Lacasse is trying to offer an easy test that is accessible to people all over the state who want to know if they had the virus.
“People feel very fearful. ‘Did I have it? Did I not have it? Gee, I felt sick,” Lacasse said.
Those working the event said if anything, the test gives people the satisfaction of knowing whether or not they’ve built an immune response to the virus. They said they plan to open a second antibody testing tent Portland in the coming months.