COVID-19 Saliva Testing

Pandemics like the coronavirus require rapid diagnostic tests to mitigate viral spread and potential future recurrence. Asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals can spread the virus to others, threatening an exponential increase in infections.

Medical communities and governments across Arizona are struggling to control the spread of the virus due to limited access to sensitive, reliable tests to detect and trace infections.

There is an urgent need for a sensitive, high-throughput test to help inform the management of current epidemics.

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute has and will continue to work closely with Arizona’s public health professionals at the state and local level to combat the spread of COVID-19, to analyze data trends and to provide research expertise. In addition to sharing what we learn from the university’s pandemic modeling, ASU’s Biodesign Institute has developed the first saliva-based test in the state in order to make COVID-19 diagnostic testing easier, faster and more readily available to the citizens of Arizona.

Today, the Biodesign Institute’s Clinical Testing Lab is capable of mobilizing and testing with results typically available within 48 hours. Our work with a wide variety of community partners to provide saliva testing and help support the management of the current COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing.

To sign up for saliva tests in Arizona, visit the AZDHS website