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Wayne Memorial Conducting Large Scale Antibody Test

By Sam Miller
It has been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed in NEPA with a case in Wayne County. During the weekly update on the pandemic, Dr. James Cruse, Medical Director at Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, reflected on the prior year.

Dr. Cruse: "One year later things are in some ways better and in some ways worse than we feared. The virus is not as deadly as we initially thought. The initial estimates were 5% to 10% mortality. It turned out to be about 1% to 2% mortality. And that is still much higher than influenza but not as bad as we first thought. However I don't think any of us could really fathom the extent of the spread or the amount of cases and deaths we would see. We heard that this would be with us for one to two years, but I think we were all skeptical that that was too alarmist. I also don't think any of us could imagine how profoundly our lives would change. Who would have imagined early on everyone wearing masks everywhere they went, schools being closed for months, staying home for months without seeing family members or loved ones? Even with all that the numbers have been staggering. But it could have been a lot worse."

Currently about 2.9 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in Pennsylvania. Wayne Memorial is using testing grant funds to conduct a large scale antibody test. Only those who have not been vaccinated yet will get the call, so the test is focusing on the older population since they are being inoculated first. The Hospital will call potential patients to ask them to participate in the test