To test for COVID-19, they swab the nose. To test for antibodies, they draw blood through a finger prick to detect whether blood has antibodies present when the body is responding to an infection, such as coronavirus.
“A growing body of evidence suggests that many people who have been infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, but we don’t yet know how prevalent the disease is in our city, in our communities and in our society," Slavin said.
Slavin added that testing will provide vital clues into the spread of the virus and help medical professionals develop strategies to slow down or stop COVID-19.
Participation is voluntary to residents contacted. Testing is expected to be completed by May 1 and summary data of compiled results will be made public, although no personal information will be shared.