Antibody testing study indicates COVID-19 infections fairly widespread

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Health care workers conduct coronavirus testing at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore managed and operated by Riverside University Health System Public Health Department. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
A randomized COVID-19 antibodies study by Riverside County health officials showed indications that the virus may have infected more than 100,000 Riverside County residents, according to a press release issued by the county Monday, July 27. The results are still being analyzed and the study was conducted over two weekends in July. Officials originally planned to test 3,500 randomly selected residents to determine whether they had been exposed to coronavirus and developed COVID-19 antibodies. The preliminary results of the study show that 1,726 individuals were tested and 101 showed they had developed antibodies for COVID-19, which is a positivity rate of 5.9%. In all, 1,621 tested negative and four had unclear results. The county said that based on that data, estimations indicate
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