NYC Deploys 15-Minute COVID-19 Tests in New Pilot Program


New York City is using rapid 15-minute COVID-19 diagnostic tests in coronavirus hotspots to reach New Yorkers in underserved communities.According to Gothamist, Abbott tests, which were approved by the FDA in March, show positive results in five minutes and negative results in approximately 13 minutes without the use of a laboratory. These are the same tests that President Donald Trump and other White House officials used.
The test involves a nasopharyngeal exchange, which is inserted through the nose to the top of the throat. Residents who receive the swab are also tested with the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) diagnostic test. This test is more accurate, but it takes longer to get results.

Photography: Courtesy of Michael Appleton / Mayoral Photography Office

NYC rolled out the rapid tests last week as part of a pilot program to reach certain “virus hotspots,” starting with Tremont in the Bronx. The city selected this neighborhood based on data showing how many residents had been tested and the percentage of positive cases. If the pilot goes ahead as planned, the program will expand to other neighborhoods.

Across the city, New Yorkers who have been tested for COVID-19 have to wait weeks to find out the result as the number of tests increases. Right now, New York is doing the most tests per capita in the United States

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