ALPHARETTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
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Alpharetta tests first responders for COVID-19 antibodies 

Alpharetta has started a free COVID-19 antibody testing program for the city’s first responders. The tests indicate whether a person has been exposed to the coronavirus, causing their immune system to produce the antibodies needed to fight the disease. The city is working on providing free testing for all employees through WellStar Health System, a statement said. 

Alpharetta has partnered with StageZero Life Sciences in Richmond, Virginia, on the current antibody testing program. The laboratory works in early detection of cancer and other diseases. 

“Our initial program offers free antibody testing to our 200 first responders, and we are already in discussions with representatives of WellStar (Health) System on the potential to expand the program to all City of Alpharetta employees as well as other essential workers and major employers in Alpharetta,” said Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin in a statement. “Exactly what such an expansive program would look like, how it could be achieved logistically, and how it could be funded are all being explored at this time.”

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