COVID-19 Weekly News: July 6 – 12

Stay on track with medications during a pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for many people. You may be working from home, not working at all or have children at home who don't usually live with you, such as college kids. Juggling all of the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused can make it challenging to stay on top of your medication routine.

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How do COVID-19 antibody tests differ from diagnostic tests?

I've heard about new antibody testing for COVID-19. What is antibody testing? Is it the same as testing to diagnose COVID-19?

Answer: With all the talk about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing in the news, it's not surprising that there's confusion about tests and how they differ. Antibody testing determines whether you had COVID-19 in the past and now have antibodies against the virus. A test to diagnose COVID-19 determines if you currently have the disease. Here's what you need to know about testing.

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Mayo Clinic COVID-19 skill for Amazon’s Alexa now available in Canada

"We value our global community and the many patients who travel to Mayo Clinic from Canada and wanted to make this skill available to them to deliver the latest information on symptoms, prevention and coping in a hands-free way," says Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., a Mayo Clinic physician and medical director for Mayo's Health Education and Content Services. Dr. Pruthi was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and received her M.D. from the University of Manitoba.

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COVID-19 testing sites in Rochester to converge on July 13, 2020

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Beginning, Monday, July 13, Mayo Clinic’s Northwest Clinic drive-through testing site will shut down and all testing will be consolidated to a single testing location. Individuals needing a COVID-19 test will be directed to the Graham Park Collaborative Collection Testing Site. This community drive-through site at Graham Park, located on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds, is managed through a collaboration of Olmsted County, Olmsted Medical Center, and Mayo Clinic. Consolidating testing to one location strengthens this important partnership and continue to serve the community and provide unified COVID-19 testing. This also optimizes the supply chain for testing supplies, streamlines the transport of specimens for processing, and makes the best use of staff resources. The integrated community testing site can support increased testing volumes and has the physical space to allow for smooth traffic flow.

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Samantha Rossi

Samantha Rossi is a Digital Marketing Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Samantha has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2019.