HARTFORD, CT – More than 6,900 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 206 have died, according to the Department of Public Health.
Gov. Ned Lamont touted the progress the state has been making with testing Monday, including the rapid tests with Abbott ID NOW, as well as the testing done by Sema4, a Stamford-based company, focused on testing medical personnel and other high-risk populations.
The United States has been behind in testing since the pandemic began and Connecticut struggled to increase testing capacity too.
Connecticut has tested a total of 26,686 residents.
“Our testing is going to be going up dramatically,” Lamont said at his afternoon press briefing.
The Centers for Disease Control, which declined the World Health Organizations test at the very beginning of the pandemic and instead developed its own, is working on a new laboratory test to determine how much of the U.S. population has been exposed to COVID-19.
The serology test will look for the presence of antibodies, which are specific proteins made in response to infections, according to the CDC website.
“Antibodies can be found in the blood and in other tissues of those who are tested after infection,” the CDC says.
Lamont said he believes Connecticut will be able to roll out antibody testing in the future.
He said that way they know who has an immunity to the virus and can safely head back to work.
“They’re the ones we can get back into our workforce sooner,” Lamont said. “This is something we’re going to do on a very thoughtful basis to make sure we don’t have a second wave.”
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Lamont said he spokes with Dr. Anthony Fauci a few days ago about the antibody test and what the federal government can do to help speed up the process.
The antibody test would also help better estimate the scale of infection and the death rates.
But the test also assumes that people who have had COVID-19 are immune from new infections and the science on that is still undetermined.