UF Health making coronavirus testing available to first responders and ER employees

Local first responders and emergency room employees who do not have symptoms of the novel coronavirus but nonetheless worry they have been exposed to it can now receive testing at University of Florida Health.

The testing involves a UF Emerging Pathogens Institute research study and will use an assay that has been developed in house at UF Health that has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Providers can choose to be tested via nasal swab (to check for viral shedding) and/or a blood draw to check for viral antibodies.