Health officials are asking the community for their support by participating in a COVID-19 household survey aimed at monitoring the occurrence of COVID-19 in the population.
Beginning today, Saturday, December 5, the Department of Public Health (DPH) will conduct a 4-week long continuous epidemiology survey using a random sampling of the population by census track, to evaluate the population’s degree of immunity.
Households will be randomly chosen using scientifically proven methods to better understand the cumulative incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
DPH teams will canvass randomly selected street blocks that have been chosen in advance. Individuals of all ages, excluding newborns, will be asked to participate in order to conduct the probability household survey. The teams will seek to include 210 individuals per week.
Selected individuals, with their consent, will be asked to answer a series of questions and provide a capillary blood sample using a finger prick to perform a rapid antibodies test in their household.
Officials note that this type of COVID-19 test does not detect current infection, but rather past infection; and the results will be used to assess levels of infection and immunity in the community. Persons with confirmed antibodies might choose to donate plasma which may help individuals suffering from COVID-19.
The interview and testing will take approximately 15 minutes and all the information collected is strictly confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of this study.
DPH teams will be properly identified with City badges, in addition to team members from the Texas Tech University Health Science Center for proper identification.
For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit EPStrong.org or call the COVID hotline at (915) 21COVID (212-6843).