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Tulane Health System begins using COVID-19 new testing technology that gives results in minutes

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Tulane Health System now has available a COVID-19 test that will give results in minutes.

Administrators for the health system said Monday the tests are available for all inpatient admissions for COVID-19, giving them additional protection for staff and patients.

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According to Tulane, the test can give results in as little as five minutes. It will also be administered to patients who have no symptoms.

Tests are available at Tulane Medical Center, Tulane Lakeside Hospital and the Tulane Cancer Center, according to the health system. It was developed by Abbott Laboratories.

"The speed of this new testing capability – which was granted emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late last week – also lets us quickly know which patients are and are not COVID-positive,” said Dr. Brandon Mauldin, Tulane Health System’s chief medical officer.

Tulane officials said they are also discussing how they can work with other area hospitals to assist them with rapid testing, as well.

Mauldin said the health system will continue to prioritize emergency rooms for patients whose symptoms are significant and require hospitalization.

Click here for more information about the test.

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