Michigan to report coronavirus antibody test results separately

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Michigan health officials will begin separately reporting results of statewide diagnostic and antibody testing for the novel coronavirus, which previously had been reported together in available COVID-19 data.The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the change to reporting Saturday, May 23. It comes as antibody testing becomes more widely available to the public around the state.State health officials have seen a significant increase in antibody testing over the past week, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Lyon-Callo told MLive.Previously, the number of total conducted tests reported by the state included results of both diagnostic testing – which shows whether an individual actively has COVID-19 in their system – and serology, or antibody testing – which can be used to help determine whether someone has ever had COVID-19.Antibody tests make up about 12 percent of all COVID-19 tests that have been conducted in Michigan, and 60 percent of those were from the past nine days, health officials told MLive.Out of the 512,891 total tests that have been conducted statewide, 450,918 of those tests were diagnostic tests and 61,973 were serology, or antibody, tests, according to data posted Saturday by MDHHS.“Because we could see the use of (antibody) tests was increasing, we knew there’s …

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