NEWTON (CBS) — Newton-Wellesley Hospital has a new tool to combat the Coronavirus: a rapid COVID-19 test which can reveal a positive result in five minutes or a negative one in 13 minutes.

The test, called ID Now, is produced by Abbott Laboratories and is similar to tests used for the flu and strep throat.

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Newton Wellesley has four ID Now instruments that can test throat or nasal swabs taken from potential COVID-19 patients.

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“This instrument really fills a gap where a need has existed since this pandemic,” Dr. Michael Misialek, the hospital’s Associate Chair of Pathology said. “Where we’re using it is in patients who need a stat result within minutes to guide some sort of treatment decision.”

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Abbott expects to ramp up production to deliver 50,000 ID Now tests a day and as many as 5 million tests a month.