CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire is testing students for the coronavirus in a new lab on campus that uses self-swabbing home kits developed at the school.
UNH says the Durham lab can screen for COVID-19 on at least 4,000 samples a day. Tests results can be generated in under 48 hours.
The testing procedure uses what is known as pooled testing where individual samples are combined and tested together to allow for faster results. The test is a less invasive nose swab that students can perform, put in a test tube with a specially created barcoded label and drop off at a designated site on a specific day.
Students will be tested every four days during the semester. If a positive result comes back the student is contacted by university and state health officials and will have a second test by a healthcare provider. If the second test is positive, the student will need to quarantine and contact tracing will begin.
As of Tuesday, 7,494 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 21 from the previous day. The number of deaths remained at 433.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia or death.