COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW/WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health will start testing residents across the state next week for COVID-19 antibodies, which can determine whether the person has been exposed to the disease.

According to a spokesperson for ODH, 1,200 households will be randomly chosen to take part in the testing. They will be notified by mail and can opt out at any time.

Should they decide to volunteer, a team member from ODH will then come to their home and randomly pick one of the adults for a blood test and nasal swab.

They will get their results back in about two weeks.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton explained more about the sampling process at Monday’s daily coronavirus briefing.

“We’re starting with a random sample that represents all Ohioans. It will be 1,200 samples taken. 1,200 people who volunteer, but they represent all of us. They’re volunteering to help us learn more about the prevalence about this disease. Many of whom who may not know they’ve already had it,” Acton elaborated.

Governor DeWine has been vocal about the need for more testing as the state reopens this month. He said the new data will be a useful tool in learning about the coronavirus and its impact on Ohio.

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