A health worker holds a testing tube Monday after conducing at a drive-through coronavirus test site at KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. Credit: Vincent Thian | AP

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Abbott Laboratories will begin production Wednesday of coronavirus tests, making 50,000 of them daily at its manufacturing plant outside Portland, company officials said.

The Scarborough plant expects to produce more than 1 million tests per month that can deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes, said Kimberly LaFleur, a company spokeswoman outside Chicago.

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Abbott Laboratories received emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the test, which utilizes an Abbott point-of-care platform currently used in thousands of medical offices. The ID NOW units are currently used to test for influenza, strep throat and other illnesses.

Maine, which has experienced testing shortages, is “very interested” in the system but more information is needed, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state needs more information about the availability of the testing platform and the supply chain for chemicals, he said.