The university’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has developed a saliva-based test that officials say has proved to be just as reliable as the nasopharyngeal swabs that have been used at the Legion Field surveillance site. Accurate results will be provided within 24-72 hours, they said.
“The switch to saliva-based testing will be a major improvement on many levels. Saliva is certainly more comfortable, and the sample kit is user-friendly and more of a closed process. The kits developed for the lab require only 1 ml (whereas the Vault testing we’ve used at previous pop-ups requires 5 ml),” said Dr. Garth Russo, executive director of the University Health Center.