Antibody Testing Wrapping Up At Fairgrounds

Contract ends Friday, almost 2,000 tested last week

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DeLand, FL - Volusia's round of antibody testing at the county fairgrounds seems to be coming to a close.

At today's county council meeting (May 19th), Brad Burbaugh, Director of the University of Florida Extension Services who also manages the buildings adjacent to the fairgrounds, told the council today that their contract for antibody testing ends this Friday (May 22nd).

Burbaugh told the council that Family Health Source, who issued the tests, does not want to renew their contact and is now working with larger employers in the area instead. Additionally, Burbaugh added that Family Health Source is also in talks with faith-based organizations to bring more pop-up testing sites to Volusia County.

Since the site opened on May 4th, over 3,000 people have undergone antibody testing, with almost 2,000 coming in last week.

"1,973 were administered last week," said Burbaugh. "If you extrapolate the data over the three weeks that they've been at our facility ending this Friday, it looks like they'll test over 5,000 folks."

Burbaugh also added that there will be no testing tomorrow (May 20th), as the farmers market is coming back.

"People are very happy about that," commented Burbaugh.

And while Family Health Source might be leaving the fairground, Burbaugh said that the organization will still communicate with his team so they may relay any information about pop-up testing sites back to the county.

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