Huntsville Hospital has partnered with Kailos Genetics to offer coronavirus testing in the workplace.
And the new test doesn't involve a nasal swab.
WAAY 31 spoke to the Chief Scientific Officer at Kailos to learn why this program is so important.
The new partnership offers sentinel testing to organizations and employers in North Alabama. The goal is to identify any cases as soon as possible.
"Since day one, we've been working on a non-invasive method and this is just a simple saline mouthwash and gargle. And you spit it back into the tube. Completely pain free and provides us more than enough virus," said Chief Scientific Officer of Kailos Genetics Troy Moore.
Moore says the company's "ViraWash Mouth Rinse System" makes it easier for people to get tested multiple times a week. It's also non-invasive. That means a large number of people can be tested regularly, an important part of the "Assurance Sentinel" program.
"And the idea is that for workplaces, schools, that kind of thing where you want to do repeated testing right, testing not necessarily daily but a couple times a week or more," Moore said.
Moore says Kailos Genetics can also process the tests quickly leading to a faster turnaround for results.
"Here we're doing pool testing. So, we bring together 25 people into each pool and if that pool is negative, we can say everyone is negative. If they're positive, we go test each individual," said Moore.
The test is 95% to 97% accurate, and they can return test results within two to three days.
The company says the test is able to detect if someone has coronavirus before they show any symptoms. But if you are showing symptoms, the hospital recommends you get a test that involves a nasal swab.