Yesterday, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, visited EqualTox Laboratory, one of the laboratories working on a qualitative rapid serology testing kit. Chairwoman Steel spoke with Dr. Mason Bragg, Dr. Naomi Florea, and Dr. Courtney Scott who described their personal experience with development of the rapid serology testing kits at the lab. Chairwoman Steel was joined by her Emergency Medical Care Commissioner, Dr. Jeff Barke, MD to review the lab's developments.
Serology tests detect the body’s immune response to infection rather than the virus causing infection. While the FDA cautions that these tests not be used to diagnose COVID-19, they can help us have a better understanding of the spread of the virus in our communities.
The rapid serology testing kit would give clinicians the ability to test patients quickly and would also allow for the identification of any patient that currently has immunity to the virus and can possibly go back to work without infecting others. Chairwoman Steel discussed with the team the progress on the development of the test amid a growing need for more testing countywide.
“I am so pleased to see the efforts that Equaltox Laboratory is putting into helping expand testing in Orange County,” said Chairwoman Steel. “As Orange County looks for as many options as possible to get our residents tested, I am pleased to see so many private labs epitomizing the American innovative spirit that we need to give us solutions for defeating this virus. I am looking forward to seeing the progress on the development of their new test and hope that it will be one of the solutions that Orange County needs to expand our testing capabilities.”
First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.