Same day results for COVID-19 tests are on the way in Tompkins County.

Cayuga Med is partnering with Rheonix, an Ithaca-based company that has FDA emergency use authorization for the rapid test kits. This makes it easier to approve new drug treatments during the pandemic.

"A traditional approval process that takes multiple years is of no particular value in an emergency like COVID-19 that appeared six weeks ago in the united states and needed to be addressed immediately," said Rheonix CEO Gregory Galvin.

The new method will allow Cayuga Med to process 200 tests per day in the hospital.