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The UC San Diego (UCSD) Health System has developed a diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can deliver results in about eight hours, reported Xconomy.
UCSD Health said it validated an in-house test in nine days and that it started using the test last week to diagnose patients.
It can perform about 20 tests daily, which are being deployed for UCSD Health patients who are "under investigation" for COVID-19, according to the system.
According to the news sources, a lack of reagents is to blame for the test's limited capacity so far.
The health system is pursuing "multiple strategies to substantially increase capacity" in the next few weeks, but did not specify what those entail.
UCSD Health also noted it is aiming to reduce the time its test takes to under six hours. The current eight-hour timeframe includes time for the lab to first rule out other respiratory illnesses, including influenza, before testing for COVID-19.
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