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Shade Hotel to Offer Drive-Up COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Apr 13, 2020 10:35PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Photo via Shade Hotel

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that people seeking appointments should email [email protected] rather than call. 

Do you think you may have already been exposed to COVID-19, and possibly developed the antibodies to resist it? You could get the answer at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach this week.

On Wednesday, April 15, Shade Hotel is donating its drive-up valet for a CLIA-certified lab to perform antibody testing with Dr. Chong Kim, a local concierge physician. (CLIA certification denotes that a lab has met the national regulatory standards for clinical testing.)

The blood test will look at qualitative IgM and IgG for COVID-19. It will tell whether you have antibodies to COVID-19, and will determine whether you have had prior exposure and developed an immune response. 

The test costs $200 per person, and is not covered by insurance. Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours.

Reservations are required. To make a reservation or for questions, email [email protected].

Demand For Tests

Michael Zislis, the owner of the Zislis Group and Shade Hotel, said that he knew that there was a lot of demand for such a test from people who wonder if they might have already been exposed to COVID-19.

"A lot of people were sick in December or January and want to know if they’ve had it," said Zislis in an interview with DigMB.

Zislis said that those who are taking the test will drive up and do a short blood draw. "It's a short test. It will probably take longer to pay for it than to draw the blood," he said.

Zislis added that there will be about 100 slots available for testing on Wednesday, but he would consider running a similar event again if the demand remained high.

Shade Hotel is not making money from the test; the $200 reflects $150 for the lab work and $50 for the doctor's fee, he said.

COVID-19 In Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach remains one of the jurisdictions with a relatively high rate of confirmed cases of COVID-19. Monday's count shows 54 confirmed cases to date (counting those who may have already recovered), resulting in an infection rate of 150 per 100,000, as calculated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

That said, the higher numbers in Manhattan Beach could reflect better access to private COVID-19 testing, whereas publicly available testing has been harder to come by.

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