BREAKING: Mayo Clinic Develops COVID-19 Test

Mayo’s New COVID-19 Test ‘Fully Validated’

March 12, 2020

Mayo Clinic News Network – Mayo Clinic has developed a test that can detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in clinical samples.

The SARS-CoV virus causes COVID-19. The test has been fully validated, and data will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for review and emergency use authorization.

“This is an issue the whole world is grappling with, so we felt like this was our moral obligation to offer testing to as many people as we can,” says Dr. Matthew Binnicker, a clinical microbiologist and director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Binnicker oversees Mayo Clinic’s laboratory response in developing the test to detect COVID-19 in clinical samples.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

A process that usually takes six months to a year was accomplished in under a month, thanks to a dedicated team working around the clock.

Watch: Mayo Clinic develops test to detect COVID-19 infection.

The test should help ease the burden currently being felt at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health labs.

“Our plan is to offer this test to anyone here at Mayo and around the country, and even from patients seen in other countries,” says Dr. Binnicker.

Matthew J. Binnicker, Ph.D. – Mayo Clinic

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

That will also mean faster turnaround times for results.

“Once the sample arrives in our laboratory, the whole process from beginning to end takes somewhere between four to six hours.”

Patients can expect results within 24 hours of when samples are collected and sent to Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota.

“We need to get those results to our physicians and physicians around the country so that they can make those rapid patient management decisions,” explains Dr. Binnicker. “Information is power. If you have the results of the test, you can decide whether the patient has the disease or not, and then you can take steps to make decisions from there.”

Initially, Dr. Binnicker says the laboratory has the capacity to run between 200 and 300 tests daily. Additional equipment has been ordered to double that capacity in the coming weeks.

All positive samples will be sent to the Minnesota Department of Health or CDC for appropriate follow-up testing and confirmation. Then test results will be communicated with public health officials, per department of health guidelines.

Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network. To read the news release click here.

Check the CDC website for additional updates on COVID-19. For all your COVID-19 coverage, click here.

ALSO ON HEADLINE HEALTH TODAY: 122,019 Dead In Epidemic Worse Than COVID-19 | “No Excuse To Trample On Our Rights| Big Problem With “Hands-Free” Driving Laws

- Advertisement -


US Food Industry Poisons Consumers: Consumer Advocate

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – Some, I am sure, are a bit tired of my ranting about the FSIS doing its job and deeming Salmonella...

Judge Halts Federal Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers In Ten States

NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION-LEADER – A federal judge blocked the government on Monday from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers in New Hampshire and...

Deadly Flu Season Forecast For Older Americans

WTOP – The flu season is beginning to gain traction with a predominant strain that concerns one infectious disease expert, and he’s urging everyone 6...

‘Vaccine Inequity’ Seen As Omicron Incubator

The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world's desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.

Couple Pulled Off Plane After Fleeing Quarantine

Dutch authorities have isolated 61 people who tested positive for COVID-19 on two arriving flights originating from South Africa, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Authorities are carrying out further investigations to see if any of the travelers have the omicron variant.

‘All-Or-Nothing’ Abortion Case Reaches Supreme Court

Both sides are telling the Supreme Court there’s no middle ground in Wednesday’s showdown over abortion. The justices can either reaffirm the constitutional right to an abortion or wipe it away altogether.

Omicron Finger-Pointing Begins

Many of the world's richest countries have spent the past year hoarding coronavirus vaccines, buying up enough doses to vaccinate their populations several times over and consistently failing to deliver on their promises to share doses with the developing world. The World Health Organization said the approach was "self-defeating" and "immoral."

Governors Urge Caution On Omicron

Governors across the United States tried to reassure Americans on Sunday that their administrations were closely monitoring the impact of a new coronavirus variant that has alarmed scientists.

FDA: Merck COVID Pill Effective, Safety Questions Remain

Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy.

Ivermectin, ‘Miracle Drug’?

MedPage Today – Pierre Kory, MD, one of the most vocal proponents of ivermectin, got COVID-19 in August, despite taking the anti-parasitic medication on...
- Advertisement -