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October 28, 2020 - TCO

TCO’s Trusted COVID-19 Tests Now Available to Public

The same fast, accurate COVID-19 tests that Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) relies on to keep the virus out of the operating room, are now available to the general public.

When COVID-19 hit, TCO knew that in order for surgeries to resume, they needed tests they could trust. After talking to potential testing partners from across the country, they ultimately found the perfect fit right in their backyard: OralDNA® Labs in Eden Prairie.

Fast forward six months, and the partnership has been a massive success. Now, TCO’s next step is making sure that all Minnesotans can have access to these convenient, reliable tests, without having to leave the safety and comfort of their vehicle.

The best part? No swab up your nose! Just swish, gargle, and spit in a tube. It’s the only FDA-Emergency Use Authorized oral rinse of its kind, and it only takes 30 seconds.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Online scheduling. No long, unpredictable wait times. Pay $150 online with a credit card.
  • Fast. Results in 24-48 hours, via text message.
  • Accurate. Uses the “Gold-Standard” real time PCR test method – 100% specificity and greater than 99% sensitivity.
  • Open. Anyone can get a test, for any reason. No referrals or symptoms needed.

TCO hopes this will become a great option for parents, busy professionals, travelers, and anyone in the community who is looking for answers to one of 2020’s biggest questions… “where should I get tested?” OralDNA® Labs is located at 7400 Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie. Schedule your appointment today by visiting www.oraldna.com/TCO-COVID19.

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About Twin Cities Orthopedics

Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) is committed to providing world-class service. TCO’s dedicated teams of independent physicians, specialty providers and care coordinators serve patients in clinic locations, walk-in orthopedic urgent care locations, and numerous other therapy and specialty care settings across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Regardless of the location, TCO delivers an exceptional patient experience, backed by decades of trusted orthopedic and sports medicine care. TCOmn.com

About OralDNA Labs

OralDNA® Labs is a specialty diagnostics company created by a team of dedicated healthcare and laboratory professionals. Our mission is to help create healthier patients.  Good overall health starts with good oral health.  OralDNA® Labs provides innovative diagnostic tests, exceptional customer support, and consultation to aid all healthcare professionals in detecting disease and risk factors at an earlier, more treatable stage. Tests include MyPerioPath® to identify and measure harmful oral bacteria, Celsus One™ to identify genetic inflammation risk, OraRisk® HPV to identify human papillomavirus associated with oropharyngeal cancers, and a variety of other oral diagnostics.

The OraRisk® COVID-19 PCR test is based on real-time polymerase chain reaction technology. It tests for the presence or absence of RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The test is a reverse transcription qPCR test utilizing PCR amplification of the targets followed by detection of PCR amplicons. Positive and negative internal controls are used for quality control. Results are reported as Detected- presence of virus, Not Detected-absence of virus or Inconclusive.

Sensitivity: >99%

Specificity: 100%.

Limit of Detection: 20 viral copies per mL

Detection Details: Detection of the ORF1a, E and N genes of the RdRp strain of SARS-CoV-2 responsible for COVID-19