HRI Labs is one of the first labs in the country to offer PCR instrument testing of saliva samples for SARS-COVID-2. The SalivaDirect™ test was developed by researchers at Yale University School of Public Health to make sample collection easier for patients and health care providers.
Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa is the first partner to use HRI’s new COVID testing service, providing testing of its athletic teams. Details of the program are featured in a KWWL news story, “Cornell College launching COVID-19 saliva testing program for athletes.”
The new saliva test method has emergency use authorization from the federal government. It requires labs to be CLIA certified by the Centers for Disease Control and to fully validate the effectiveness of the test in their facility. HRI has operated as a CLIA certified lab for five years in its efforts to test people for exposure levels to pesticides.
The new saliva test is so sensitive that four samples may be tested in a pool which dramatically reduces costs and increases speed of testing. If a pooled set of samples tests positive, only then are individual samples tested to confirm who is positive for COVID. Results are typically available in 24 hours.
Initially, testing is available to institutions like hospitals, colleges, and businesses that need to test large groups of people.