ATLANTA (CBS46) - State health officials told CBS46 there are only 5,500 testing kits for Coronavirus in Georgia right now.

A spokesperson with the Georgia Department of Public Health said like many other states, Georgia does not have enough testing kits.

Atlanta based company—BIO IQ—wants to fix that.

“Ultimately as FDA guidelines expand, we’re hoping to be able to get those test kits into people's homes,” said CEO Justin Bellante.

Bellante said the technology company currently works with a widespread network to help two thirds of the American population navigate the healthcare system.

He said a majority of their work includes providing resources and testing kits for colorectal cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and other major conditions. 

Now, BIO IQ wants to use that same system, to help more people get tested for Coronavirus.

However, there’s a problem.

In addition to the shortage of testing kits nationwide, supplies are scarce too.

Bellante said right now, there’s a global shortage of cotton swabs, making it harder to collect samples.

His solution? Provide alternative testing.

“...working with our labs to create other sample types that don’t depend on a swap…using saliva base specimen, blood based specimens, “said Bellante.

Bellante said his tests should be released in the next week or so, after everything is cleared with the Food and Drug Administration.

He said he wants to start with giving the tests to healthcare workers.

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