Inova Health System is partnering with George Mason University (GMU) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to conduct a COVID-19 serology (antibody) study to analyze the incidence of COVID-19 in children in Northern Virginia. 

Inova is recruiting approximately 1,000 children, ages 0 to 19 for the study. Child participants will be asked to provide a blood sample, and they and/or their parents/guardians will also complete a questionnaire. 

“We are excited about this opportunity to partner with VDH and others to help evaluate the rate of children in Northern Virginia who have antibodies to COVID-19,” said Rebecca Levorson, MD,  Division Director for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Inova Children’s Hospital. “This point prevalence survey will help inform us more about the burden of COVID-19 disease in children in our area.”

VDH will use the information collected from this project to estimate the total number of children and teens that have been infected with the COVID-19 virus in Northern Virginia and statewide, including those who may have had mild or asymptomatic infections. VDH will also analyze children’s risk factors for COVID-19 infection, including age, underlying health conditions, sociodemographic characteristics, history of COVID-19 infection within households and childcare exposures. The Virginia Pediatric Coronavirus Serology Project is being conducted, supported and requested by VDH as a public health surveillance activity. The project will be conducted over the next several months. 

Parents who are interested in their child participating in the study can check eligibility requirements at https://itmi.inova.org/redcap/surveys/, Access code: DFDRP84TD.

About Inova                              
Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, recognized in 2019 and 2020 by U.S. News & World Report, which named Inova Fairfax Hospital the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC region. All five Inova hospitals were awarded ‘A’ grades for the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, recognizing Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. Each of Inova’s five hospitals holds a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), distinguishing Inova as the highest-rated large health system in the U.S., and the only system to have all hospitals receive five stars. Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, ranking in the top 10 nationwide among Major Teaching Hospitals. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 18,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes. Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,800 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at www.inova.org.

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