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The three hospital laboratories' tests are all real-time PCR assays for detecting the virus from nasopharyngeal swabs and bronchoalveolar lavage.

Luminex said that with two FDA EUAs it is now providing SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests for high-complexity, high-throughput labs and moderate-complexity testing facilities.

The test is a real-time RT-PCR kit designed to detect SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs, as well as bronchoalveolar lavage.

The PCR-based test, which recently received CE-IVD marking, uses Co-Diagnostics' CoPrimer technology to detect the RdRp gene of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

MicroGen Dx's Texas-based lab is the only commercial laboratory in the US offering sputum testing for SARS-CoV-2.