Two Arizona-based laboratories have teamed up to mass-produce COVID- 19 testing kits that the companies say can return results in just 24 hours.
Phoenix-based Prorenata and Tucson based Paradigm, said they are expecting to process 700 tests a day. And by next week the labs said that production numbers would jump to 2,500 per day and 8,000 by the end of April.
“We are fortunate to have developed the right technology at the right time,” Padadigm President Ethan C. Sasz said in a press release Monday.
“More importantly, we need to get to work immediately as we prepare to help our nation take on coronavirus crisis head-on.”
Employers will be able to buy the test kits. Titan Solar Power of Mesa announced it would begin voluntary testing of employees immediately.
The companies said that testing has already been made available to virus first-line responders, including hospitals and clinics.
The two labs have been consulting with state and county health officials on the CDC/FDA tests.
Results will be sent back to patients, providers and appropriate agencies.
Commercial labs ramped testing in Arizona less than a month ago. Until then, the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory had only handled analysis of samples.