Nellis serology testing advances fight against COVID-19

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Tech. Sgt. An Ki Houng, 99th Medical Group laboratory technician, organizes his work area at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., June 17, 2020. The 99th MDG provides serological tests to anyone who works at Nellis AFB, Creech AFB and the Nevada Test and Training Range and can be seen at the clinic. (Air Force photograph by Airman Zachary Rufus)
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The 99th Medical Group at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., continues to stay at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 by introducing in-house serology testing, June 15, 2020.

Serology testing is designed to detect the antibodies of the virus that causes COVID-19, also known as, “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2” (SARS-CoV-2.) The results of this test will serve as a metric for medical professionals to determine the percentage of the Nellis population, who were infected by the virus.

Currently, the serological tests are open to anyone who works on base at Nellis, Creech or the Nevada Test and Training Range and is allowed to be seen at the Mike O’Callahan Military Medical Center.

“The serological tests let us know if people were asymptomatic or if they overcame the virus without medication,” said Airman 1st Class Jayna Barros, 99th MDG laboratory technician. “Tests are also a vital part of vaccine development.”

These tests can also help medical professionals understand how COVID-19 could impact Team Nellis in the future, and why some people are more severely impacted than others.†

Tech. Sgt. An Ki Houng, 99th Medical Group laboratory technician, draws blood for a serological test at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., June 17, 2020. Serology testing is another way the 99th MDG is staying one step ahead of COVID-19 and keeping the population at Nellis safe. (Air Force photograph by Airman Zachary Rufus)

As one of the biggest medical facilities in the Air Force, it was important for the hospital to get out ahead as one of the first to offer serology testing.

“With the number of Airmen that we have here, it’s important that we took steps toward being more proactive against COVID-19 as fast as we could,” said Staff Sgt. Daniel Demayo, 99th MDG laboratory technician. “The Airmen here keep the mission going and we want to do our best to keep them healthy.”

Day in and day out, laboratory technicians are working to keep the population as safe as possible.

“I think we’re the unsung heroes but not a lot of people know what we do,” said Tech. Sgt. An Ki Houng, 99th MDG laboratory technician. “We perform a wide variety of medical lab tests used to diagnose disease or record normal findings. We are the backbone of the hospital.”

For more information on serological testing, call Public Health at 702-653-2723 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Airman 1st Class Jayna Barros (left), 99th Medical Group laboratory technician, wraps bandage around patient at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., June 17, 2020. The laboratory technicians work behind-the-scenes to help doctors detect illnesses and determine treatment options. (Air Force photograph by Airman Zachary Rufus)
Medical supplies rest on a table at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., June 17, 2020. The 99th Medical Group is one of the biggest medical facilities in the Air Force and is one of the first to offer serological tests. (Air Force photograph by Airman Zachary Rufus)
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