On this pricey and private island near Miami Beach, everyone gets a corona-virus test

The average income on Fisher Island was $2.5 million in 2015, according to Bloomberg.
Fisher Island is a census-designated place in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, located on a barrier island of the same name. As of 2015, Fisher Island had the highest per capita income of any place in the United States. The CDP had only 218 households and a total population of 467

After the nearly 800 families in what Bloomberg calls the richest ZIP code in America became concerned about COVID-19, they did not wait in long lines for a test. Fisher Island has its own health clinic, operated by the University of Miami Health System. The wealthy community is paying for newly available antibody testing for all of its residents — half of whom are older than 60 — and its staff, from housekeepers to marina workers. Some 1,250 employees and residents have been tested thus far, according to a spokeswoman for the community.

This amenity contrasts with the rest of South Florida, where no large concentration of residents have been able to take the simple blood test that determines whether they have antibodies that resulted from exposure to the virus.
The blood test is different from the nasal test, which is used to diagnose the illness. The nasal tests have becoming increasingly available in South Florida, but the wait for it can be long. Testing on the private island, first reported by the Miami Herald, raised eyebrows and some consternation.

 

Zulma Torres

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