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Cleveland company MAGNET develops improved COVID-19 testing platform for health care workers

The company has designed barriers that allow medial personnel to conduct testing for the coronavirus using arm-length gloves connected to a protective barrier.

CLEVELAND — In the fight against COVID-19, a local company has invented a powerful tool that will look to keep our health care workers safe from the virus.

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), along with the partnership of University Hospitals, has developed a testing platform that will help prevent the spread of the coronavirus to health care workers. The company has designed innovative barriers that allow medical personnel to conduct testing for the coronavirus using arm-length gloves connected to a protective barrier.

According to MAGNET, "this eliminates the need to change, and often dispose of, valuable PPE items after each test. It also guarantees a faster and safer process in the testing of patients."

Credit: MAGNET

Said MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp:

"Once again we are seeing how homegrown innovation from Ohio’s manufacturing community can be harnessed to help our medical professionals battle COVID-19. It takes an incredibly collaborative environment and nimble partners to accomplish this work on accelerated timelines, fortunately that’s exactly what we have in the Alliance and University Hospitals."

Credit: MAGNET

These booths are currently in use at several facilities in the University Hospitals system. 

Eric Burkland, president of the Ohio Manufacturers' Association, said:

"Ohio’s manufacturers have answered the call to fight COVID-19. With more than 2,000 companies joining the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19, this industry has proven it’s resilient, resourceful and committed to getting the job done no matter what. It’s clear Ohio’s manufacturers are a critical part of our medical response to this virus, the rebound ahead and the economic health of our communities for the future."

Credit: MAGNET

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