Telluride, CO is offering coronavirus tests to every single one of its 8,000 residents for free, the first in the country to provide testing on such a large scale.
United Biomedical is working with San Miguel County, home to the ski town, to test all residents for COVID-19 antibodies in order to learn whether there is evidence the person has already been exposed to the virus and overcome it. Officials will then be able to make decisions about whether quarantines and restrictions would need to continue and how restrictive they are.
“The goal of this is to show you can predictably get an entire county back to its new normal as quickly as possible by using testing,” said Lou Reese, co-CEO of United Biomedical and its COVAXX subsidiary.
If the testing proves successful, it could be rolled out to other areas of the country, beginning with the ‘hotspot’ areas.