Local lab to release at-home COVID-19 testing kits
A local testing lab is preparing to release at-home testing kits for COVID-19 in the next few weeks.
The goal of Molecular Testing Labs in Vancouver is to remove barriers for people wanting to know whether they have the virus and help meet the high demand for these tests.
Dr. Charles Sailey, the lab director, believes they’re close to being able to provide at-home testing kits for the masses.
“If someone wants the testing, they should be able to get it,” he said. “Within two weeks, we should be able to test 1,000 samples a day. That’s more per day than the entire state of Washington has tested.”
So far, there’s been little access to testing kits because of delays in distribution after the CDC had to remake parts of them due to accuracy issues.
“This disease came at us really quickly. I don’t think a lot of organizations were prepared for it,” Sailey told FOX 12.
Now, labs across the country are rushing to fill the gap with their own tests. Right now, Molecular is validating five different at-home kits. Those include nose, throat, saliva, and urine collection methods.