Cayuga Health and Rheonix Inc. announced today that they can now provide same day results for COVID-19 tests. The Rheonix COVID-19TM MDx Assay received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA on April 29, 2020. The test is designed for the Rheonix Encompass MDx® workstation, and facilitates same-day turnaround results at designated testing centers.
Rheonix Inc. is a company based in Cornell University’s Business and Technology Park and was founded by Greg Galvin, Ph.D. of Ithaca. The company’s goal is to address the unmet needs of rapid, sensitive and specific molecular testing. This mission lead to the invention of the Rheonix CARD® cartridge and Encompass workstation testing systems.
“I am incredibly happy to be able to support Cayuga Health – Rheonix’s hometown health system – with their fight against this COVID-19 pandemic by giving them the ability to provide same day test results to their patients,” said Greg Galvin, President, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rheonix Inc. “Because our fully automated system is so easy to deploy and operate, it’s a perfect solution for rapid testing in hospitals like Cayuga Health,” adds Galvin. “The faster people can get diagnosed, the faster they can get treated, and the faster we can turn the corner on this pandemic.”
Martin Stallone, President & CEO of Cayuga Health stated the excitement and passion on behalf of Cayuga Health to be working along with Ithaca’s own Rheonix team to provide same day results for COVID-19 testing. “We were successful with opening one of the first COVID-19 drive through sampling centers in our state and will continue to do what it takes to fight this epidemic and meet the healthcare needs of our community, right here.”
The Cayuga Health/ Tompkins County Sampling Center opened on March 24 and has administered 3,578 tests to date. The testing facility is open for drive through testing from 10am-3pm, Monday through Friday. Patients can register online and review the screening criteria before arrival at www.cayugahealth.org. A call center is also available for those who may not have Internet access or need assistance at 607-319-5708.
The Sampling Center is located in portable structures at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot. Experienced and knowledgeable Cayuga Health employees are available to assist with the screenings, which include obtaining respiratory samples which are sent to Cayuga Health Laboratory for results.
Patients entering the screening location can tune into FM 96.3 for instructions on driving through the Sampling Center. If you do not have transportation, please do not use public transportation to reach the sampling center. Cayuga Health and Tompkins County officials are working to determine if mobile sampling or other transportation options are available. All COVID-19 testing is free for all New Yorkers, regardless of health insurance, as per Governor Cuomo.