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WELL Health launches direct-to-consumer COVID-19 antibody tests in Ont. via Tia Health

Eligible patients can obtain a doctor's requisition for the Antibody test via Tia Health on a 24/7 basis, for $70 per test

December 3, 2020  by CM Staff

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VANCOUVER, BC and TORONTO — WELL Health Technologies Corp. announced on Dec. 3 that the company has launched a direct-to-consumer online service for the sale and support of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Antibody Tests in the Province of Ontario.

WELL via its Tia Health subsidiary, has partnered with a national medical laboratory to provide eligible patients with online medical consultations and requisitions for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Antibody Testing. Through its partner, WELL is offering a blood test to provide information on the SARS-CoV-2 immune response in previously diagnosed patients and to help identify individuals who have been exposed to the virus but not diagnosed with molecular testing. Such tests are available with a doctor’s requisition and determine the presence of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies in a patient’s blood.

“We are very pleased to be providing this Health Canada approved Antibody Test,” said Michael Frankel, chief medical officer of WELL, in a prepared statement. “We believe these approved COVID-19 Antibody Testing procedures offer great accuracy in detecting the presence of antibodies related to COVID-19. In some cases, patients may not have been officially diagnosed but would be interested in knowing if they have been exposed to the virus and that they have antibodies.”

Eligible asymptomatic patients who receive a requisition for the COVID-19 Antibody Test only need to visit one of the many participating collection sites to have their blood sample collected and can access results online. Test results are normally available within 3 to 5 days while patients who are booked for travel can receive their rapid results within 48 hours.

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“We are very pleased to be one of the first healthcare companies to provide easy, accurate and affordable access to COVID-19 Antibody tests,” said Matthew Mazzuca, CEO of Tia Health. “The service is live now and eligible patients can obtain their tests quickly by obtaining a doctor’s requisition from Tia Health. If you believe you may have had a previous undetected infection, please speak to one of our physicians to find out if you are eligible for the test.”