Uber will now offer in-home Covid tests to more than 20 cities including Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Seattle in less than an hour.
- Uber teamed up with Empower DX, a home health testing company based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
- The joint voyage company will deliver groups to residents of more than twenty cities including Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Phoenix, Seattle and Tampa.
- Clients can order anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and get their tests done in less than an hour
- Once the samples are mailed to the laboratory, results can be returned via an online portal within 48 hours
- Enabling DX claims to be the most sensitive test on the market because it needs very little genetic material to determine a positive result
Uber plans to conduct home coronavirus tests for more than twenty cities across the United States
Ride-Sharing has teamed up with Tamkeen DX, a home health testing company based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Tests were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use in October 2020.
Customers in cities including Austin, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Seattle and Tampa can order a DX Enabler directly from the website without a prescription.
Uber has teamed up with Tamkeen DX to deliver groups to residents of more than twenty cities including Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Phoenix, Seattle and Tampa (file photo)
Clients can order groups (above) anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and get their tests done in less than an hour.
Users can order a DX-enabled kit at home Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and receive it on the same day, even in less than an hour.
Those who order outside the time window or on the weekend will have their kit shipped instead, even if they live in a zip code that qualifies for delivery with Uber.
And since most insurers fully cover the DEX enablement tests, they won’t cost a single cent.
If customers choose to pay with a credit card, the test will cost $ 99.
Each kit comes with step-by-step instructions, a shallow nose swab, test tube, and prepaid FedEx package for sending samples to the lab.
Results are available within 48 hours of the laboratory receiving the test, and can be accessed through the DX-enabled online portal.
Enabling DX itself is the most sensitive test on the market because it requires very little virus to produce a positive result.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the DNA Detectable Amplification Unit (NDU) per milliliter (NDU / mL) – the amount of viral genetic material needed per milliliter of nasal fluid to have a positive result – is 180 NDU / mL.
In comparison, tests run by Quest Diagnostics Lab need 1,800 NDU / mL and tests run by Everlywell, another in-house testing company, need 5,400 NDU / mL.
“Access to care has been a key social determinant of health for years and years, and the pandemic has exacerbated this problem,” Lauren Stingold-Macler, head of strategic initiatives at Uber Health, said in a statement.
Having access to reliable COVID-19 tests is definitely an important part of a larger public health challenge.
That’s why we are proud to work with Tamkeen DX and the largest clinical diagnostic network team at Eurovens to help facilitate access to critical testing for our communities and populations at risk.
Uber and EmpowerDX plan to expand delivery of the test kit to several other cities in the coming weeks, but it is unclear where.
This isn’t the first healthcare partnership Uber has struck with over the course of the pandemic.
In February, Uber partnered with Walgreens to offer free rides to vaccination clinics in cities like Atlanta, Chicago and Houston.