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Site tester Bradford Christopher administers a COVID-19 test in Parker, Colorado, the closest testing site to Ebert County where the first positive test for a new highly contagious variant was detected.

COVID-19 testing will detect coronavirus variants at USC

The university will be able to detect different variants of the COVID-19 virus on campus by testing saliva samples. New technology will go into production "in a couple of weeks," Carolyn Banister, a clinical assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, said.