On Saturday, May 23, myCOVIDMD® provided free Covid-19 antibody testing to an exceptional group of Culver City community members – CCUSD food service and custodial staff, plus local restaurant workers.
“This special subset of people has been showing up to work regularly since mid-March when Culver City schools and businesses shut down and residents were ordered to stay safer at home,” said Thomas Small, CEO of Culver City Forward, one of the coordinating entities of this testing event.
“The food services staff at CCUSD are continuing to prepare and distribute Grab ‘n Go lunches to our students who rely on school for daily meals. And the restaurant workers who participate in the FeedCulver.org initiative have been working to feed our local families in need with prepared meals.”
There are currently 14 restaurants participating in FeedCulver.org, serving 800 free Grab ‘n Go meals each week through Grace Lutheran Church’s Diner. Culver City Forward extended the invitation to the entire workforce of Culver City restaurants and also volunteers for Backpacks for Kids. A total of 196 people came through for testing that day.
The Wende Museum was the host site, with antibody tests donated by Cedars-Sinai plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Aronowitz, husband of Wende board member Fiona Chalom. Additional sponsors included Sorrento’s Italian Market, Old Vine Florals and LA Grind Coffee and Tea Bar.
Antibody testing is a blood test conducted with a quick finger prick. It identifies the infection in its active phase as well as if somebody had the virus and built up antibodies. Results are available in 15 minutes. myCOVIDMD® sends results to patients within 24 hours and provides follow up support and a crisis buddy for those who test positive.
“Thank you for the great work in making this happen for this group of people,” said Culver City Mayor Göran Eriksson.