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New saliva test approved by state health officials to be used on SUNY campuses

A rapid Novel Coronavirus test has been approved by New York State Department of Health officials.

A rapid saliva test used to diagnose COVID-19 has been approved, and will be used on SUNY campuses around the state.

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The saliva tests will be used with another form of coronavirus screening called pooled surveillance testing.

That allows a college to run multiple samples at one time.

The pooled testing allows for about 10-25 people to be screened in one test. The tests use swabs to obtain saliva instead of inserting a swab into a person’s nose.


The people being tested can swab themselves, too. Pooled saliva tests are said to be a significant improvement over the old methodology.

The way it works is 10-25 swabs are tested as a batch. If they come back negative – that’s the end of the line. However, if it comes back positive – each specimen is tested individually to determine who had the positive result in that batch.

Experts say it’s more efficient.

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