Pinellas Offers Free Antibody Testing for COVID-19 at Mahaffey Theater Location
No referral is needed; tests available while supplies last.
ST. PETERSBURG – Beginning today (Aug. 19), residents will be able to receive free testing for antibodies to the COVID-19 coronavirus at Pinellas County’s drive-up testing site outside of the Duke Energy for the Arts Mahaffey Theater.
Antibody testing will be available from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffery, 400 First St. S, as long as supplies last. About 200 antibody tests are available per day, as supplied by the state. Antigen testing to determine whether a person has an active COVID-19 infection will continue 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The test is done by blood draw and checks to see whether a person has developed the antibodies to fight COVID-19. A positive test is not conclusive for a prior COVID-19 infection, as it can pick up antibodies from another coronavirus. It is important to note that even if a person has had COVID-19, there is no conclusive evidence at this time that he or she cannot become infected again.
No referral or pre-registration is required to receive the antibody test. But individuals planning to get the test are asked to complete, print, and bring this form with them to the testing site: Click here for English form. Click here for Spanish form.
The Mahaffey Theater testing site is state-supported in collaboration with Pinellas County, the Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County and community partners.
For information about COVID-19 antibody testing, click here.
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