Abbott received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its ID NOW COVID-19 test, which can deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.
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Abbott ID NOW is a portable instrument that can be deployed to doctor’s offices, urgent care clinics and other point-of-care settings. The instrument weighs 6.6 pounds and is the size of a toaster.
Abbott is manufacturing the ID NOW COVID-19 tests now with plans to deliver 50,000 tests per day.
Abbott also received FDA approval for a COVID-19 test system for hospitals and reference labs.
Testing for COVID-19 requires a doctor’s order. Ohio has limited testing to front line health care workers and patients at high risk for serious complications. As of April 2, Ohio had administered 34,918 tests, with 2,902 positives, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Results from samples sent to private labs have been lagging as much as a week.
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“When someone is tested, please send your samples to either a neighboring hospital that does quick testing and can get results back to you quickly or send them to the Ohio Department of Health,” DeWine said this week. “I don’t think it’s acceptable as we go through this crisis to be in a situation where we are waiting for five and six days. Unfortunately, that is what we are seeing from the outside labs that some of you have contracts with.”
ODH can turn around test results in less than 24 hours and sometimes as quick as eight hours, he said.
“There is nothing wrong with the private labs. They do good work. But they are behind. We are not,” DeWine said.