Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the town of Detroit is on track to be the first city to implement Abbott Labs’ five-minute COVID-19 test. The mayor stated the test could be available for first responders. The goal, he stated, was to test these first responders who are self-isolating; however, they have yet to test positive for the virus.
The city of Detroit acquired the Abbott Labs tests on April 1. They will be available to be used within the next 24 hours, the mayor stated.
This system from Abbott earned emergency clearance to be used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It’s a lab-in-a-box that’s approximately the size of a small kitchen appliance. The small size and speedy test results imply it can be deployed and utilized more rapidly than other machines.
The City of Detroit is getting struck by the novel coronavirus. Based on the recent tally, the counties around Detroit contain 81% of Michigan’s 7,615 coronavirus infections. Over 20% of the 2,500-strong police power is quarantined with suspected instances of COVID-19.
The significant count of cases in Detroit led the mayor to go outside of conventional channels to obtain the tests first.
Mayor Mike Duggan got the cellphone number of Miles White, the chairman and outgoing chief of Abbot Labs, and woke him up Sunday morning to beg for the test. This early morning phone call earned the city five systems and 5,000 tests.