Mayo Clinic announced Thursday that it has developed a test capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The test has been made available to its clinicians starting yesterday (3/12) and should be available to others in the coming days
"This test should help ease some of the burden that is currently being felt at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health laboratories," said Dr. William Morice II, president of Mayo Clinic Laboratories. "We are doing everything we can to help relieve the burden during this time to provide answers for patients here in Rochester and around the world."
Currently, the Mayo lab is able to handle 200-300 tests per day, but they expect that number to grow. The test takes approximately 24 hours to get results.