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President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis discussed the re-opening of Florida's businesses during a White House meeting. Wochit

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SARASOTA COUNTY — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that antibody testing will soon be available at state drive-thru testing sites and hospitals to find out if people had COVID-19 but didn’t know it.

2020年欧冠赛程表“Antibody testing is finally here,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Sarasota County.

2020年欧冠赛程表The tests would be available at drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites scattered across the state. Antibody tests will also go to hospitals, where there is a need to learn if health care workers have developed a resistance to COVID-19, DeSantis said.

Antibody tests detect signs in the blood that a person has been exposed to the coronavirus. This is viewed as important since studies that that many carriers of the virus show no symptoms at all.

The Food and Drug Administration said this month that “the question of when we can return to work and resume our normal activities is one of the most critical issues facing our nation. Antibody tests – known as serologolical tests – may have the potential to play a role in this complex calculation.”

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It isn’t perfect, however, experts acknowledge. Antibodies can take a week to 14 days to develop, and levels vary, so a lack of antibodies in a test does not necessarily mean someone was not exposed to the virus.

2020年欧冠赛程表It is not known if people who have had the coronavirus are immune, according the Centers for Disease Control.

2020年欧冠赛程表“The vast majority of (COVID-19) cases either appear to be asymptomatic or symptoms appear to be so minor you wouldn’t necessarily think to get medical attention,” DeSantis said.

The program would start with 200,000 antibody tests. More details will be released later this week.

The Florida Health Department reported another 542 cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 37,439 to date. Another 72 people died in Florida from the illness, bringing the toll to 1,471. Manatee County had 684 cases and two more deaths, for a total of 61. Sarasota County had 395 cases and 48 deaths.

DeSantis also announced that all drive-thru testing sites will ramp up the ability to test 750 people a day. The Mall at the University Town Center in Sarasota County, the site of DeSantis’ press conference, opened on Sunday and performed more than 900 tests in two days.

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2020年欧冠赛程表The governor has been touting the state’s increased testing ability and said that Monday, the 23,884 tests conducted marked the biggest one-day total since the state began its battle with COVID-19.In addition, with 589 new cases reported Monday, that marked a 2.6% positive rate, a sharp drop from recent days hovering around 5%.

But with the state averaging just under 15,000 tests daily for the previous two weeks, Florida is still well short of what epidemiologists say should be the state’s goal. The recommended testing of 150 people daily for every 100,000 residents means that about 31,800 Floridians should be getting tested each day to better contain the virus.DeSantis, a protégé of President Donald Trump, used the improving testing results as a weapon against the media.“I wonder whether people will say as Florida enters into Phase One (of reopening), percentage positive tests plunge to record low. I don’t think they’ll write that headline, because it’s not going to generate the type of clicks,” DeSantis said, adding that Florida’s phased-in reopening is being done “judiciously.”