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From swab to lab, how Ohio State is tackling COVID-19 testing

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As Ohio State has ramped up testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19), experts across the university community have worked to create test kits, administer tests and assess those who have the virus. In these images, take an inside look at how we're employing innovation, hard work and collaboration as we band together to keep our communities safe.

An Ohio State surgical technician unpacks influenza test kits at a warehouse on Ohio State’s campus.
An Ohio State surgical technician unpacks influenza test kits at a warehouse on Ohio State’s campus. Because the swab in a flu kit is the same as the one in the coronavirus (COVID-19) test kit, swabs from flu kits are being repurposed for coronavirus testing.
Jacob Yount labels a completed jar of the viral transport medium.
Jacob Yount, co-director of the Viruses and Emerging Pathogens Program, labels a viral transport media that helps preserve COVID-19 testing swabs. When such mixtures were becoming harder to obtain, Yount and an Ohio State team set out to create their own.
Ana Sarkar passes a container of viral transport medium to Amit Sharma at an Ohio State.
Here are the other members of that team: Ana Sarkar (right), an assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, passes a container of viral transport media to Amit Sharma, an assistant professor in the departments of Veterinary Biosciences and Microbial Infection and Immunity.
Ana Sarkar puts the bovine serum into the solution of calcium chloride and magnesium chloride.
Ana Sarkar puts bovine serum into a solution of calcium chloride and magnesium chloride to create a viral transport mixture. After a patient is swabbed for coronavirus, the swab is placed into the mixture, which keeps a virus alive long enough to ensure proper testing.
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center staff administer COVID-19 tests at a drive-through testing facility.
Staff members from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center administer COVID-19 tests at a drive-through testing facility. Staff from throughout the medical center have pitched in to help with the tests.
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center staff administer COVID-19 tests at a drive-through testing facility.
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center staff administer COVID-19 tests at a drive-through testing facility.
Coronavirus testing taking place in a lab.
Ohio State employee Sandra VanVranken works with COVID-19 test specimens in a new lab created through a collaboration between the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. More than 100 medical center researchers and clinicians worked with Battelle researchers to set up the lab in mere weeks.
Vials of COVID-19 test samples await testing.
Vials of COVID-19 test samples await testing. Ohio State processed its first 91 tests for diagnosis in late March using cutting-edge Battelle and Ohio State equipment.
Kelsey Bowers, an Ohio State alumna and Battelle employee, analyzes COVID-19 test samples.
Kelsey Bowers, an Ohio State alumna and Battelle employee, analyzes RNA in COVID-19 test samples. Battelle and the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center jointly developed a new rapid, sensitive diagnostic test for COVID-19 to increase and improve test processing in Ohio.