ARUP and U of U Health will offer COVID-19 Saliva Test

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Utahns getting a COVID-19 test may not have to have a swab shoved up their nose anymore. The University of Utah Health and ARUP Labs teamed up to offer a new COVID-19 Saliva Test.

To get this COVID-19 Test to work, doctors say to twist the cap off, spit saliva up to the line, and put the cap back on before giving it back to the collector.

COVID-19 Saliva Tests from ARUP and U of U Health

“Saliva looks to be just as effective as the standard deep nasal swab,” said Dr. Kimberly Hansen with U of U Health and ARUP.

350 patients at the Redwood Health Center took 1000 saliva samples for a case study.

Doctors say when comparing the nasal swab to the saliva tests, they matched 93 percent of the time when done by a professional.

“The folks at Redwood clearly showed that this can be done in an amount of time that is amendable for testing center or a walk-in clinic setting,” said Dr. Hansen.

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COVID-19 Saliva Tests from ARUP and U of U Health

The new Saliva test offered by ARUP and the University of Utah Health is expected to make testing safer for sample collectors and should be available sometime in September.

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