Dried Blood Spot Testing

The Wellness Hub Research and Support Program is conducting research to better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes. As a part of this research, we are recruiting four study populations (LTCH/RH staff, their household members, residents, and resident family members/ caregivers/ essential care partners) to complete study activities including providing a Dried Blood Spot (DBS) sample at baseline and (if applicable) a follow-up time point. Through the collection of DBS samples, the research team will be able to better understand the number of people with previous COVID-19 infection in LTCH/RHs, as well as the factors that are associated with infection and prevention from infection. If of interest, participants in our study will be able to receive the results of their DBS sample (i.e., information on their antibodies against COVID-19). Please note that the DBS sample collection is not a service we offer outside of research purposes.