A South Bay company that says it has created a COVID-19 test that can deliver results in 45 minutes has received emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to deliver the tests to hospitals and medical facilities.
Sunnyvale-based Cepheid focuses on diagnostic testing. The test the company has created is unique in that it can be run on-site without being sent to a lab.
The company released a video demonstrating how the testing works. First, the technician collects a nasal swab. The sample is then transferred to a cartridge which is inserted into a testing platform that can detect the virus. In the video statement Cepheid created, the company said results are available in less than an hour.
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Cepheid said it already has more than 5,000 testing platforms in use around the country to test for tuberculosis and HIV. Now they’ll test for COVID-19.
The company said they will roll out the new tests next week. They will not be available directly to consumers.