N.J. City Begins ‘Rapid Antibody COVID-19’ Testing On First Responders


First responders in one New Jersey city are being screened to see if they have had coronavirus, and the results come back much faster than a traditional test.

At the Union City Courthouse this week, first responders began a screening process to determine who may have already been exposed to COVID-19. Just five minutes later, the results are back.

Those antibodies show the body’s response to a coronavirus infection. Invictus screened nearly 200 police officers and EMT workers on Friday. The majority tested negative, but at least eight came up positive.

“Those that did actually were sent to do the nasal swab, and they came out negative,” Davidoff said.

Which means the patient had likely been exposed to coronavirus, has since recovered, and should now be immune.