Governor Andrew Cuomo says a COVID-19 test developed by SUNY Upstate Medical Center has been approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration.
The individual saliva swab test has been used by SUNY to test students across all its campuses.
This test differs from nasal swab tests because people can test themselves on their own by swabbing their mouths with saliva strips.
The FDA's approval of the test will also allow other labs both in New York and nationwide to test patients using this method.
SUNY Upstate has further developed the test into pool testing, which allows for about 10 to 25 tests to be analyzed at once. If the pool comes back positive, the new technology allows for rapid pinpointing of the positive test in the batch.