Tulane, LSU Team Up To Develop New COVID-19 Rapid Test

Coronavirus COVID-19 medical swab. (Getty Images)

Researchers at Tulane Medical Center say they can now offer a new rapid result test for COVID-19.

Officials announced on Tuesday they had developed a process that can produce results of a coronavirus infection within four hours.

The test was created through a joint effort with Tulane University, the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Tulane Medical Center, LCMC Health, and Roche Diagnostics in Switzerland.

Tulane says it can run nearly 200 rapid tests a day, which should help doctors quickly release patients who test negative and quarantine those who test positive.

The process uses the Cobas 6800 analyzer developed by Roche Diagnostics to detect the virus in saliva samples.

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