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Commissioner McGhee Sponsors Pilot Program with VOC Health and FIU for Rapid, Contactless COVID-19 Detection

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kionne L. McGhee sponsored a resolution for a pilot program with Florida International University, in partnership with VOC Health Inc, to test innovative devices capable of detecting COVID-19 from body odor emitted from the palm of the hand. This legislation passed at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on April 19. This pilot program is fully funded by VOC Health.

“This is a pilot program that will allow for us to test out completely non-invasive devices that determine if an individual has COVID-19 and it’s variants in less than 5 seconds, by simply placing their palm over the device. This is an evolution of the COVID-19 detecting canines that were previously tested at Miami International Airport by FIU. It’s another method that can be used to help protect our County employees and visitors in the fight against COVID-19,” said Commissioner McGhee.

This six-month program will be implemented at Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami, and Steven P. Clark Government Center.

VOC Health is a bio-technology and healthcare innovator based in Miami, FL. Founded in February of 2020, VOC Health has developed a nano-biosensor system that uses volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as biomarkers to detect diseases at the earliest possible stage – to increase survivability and lower healthcare costs.

This is Hy-Lo News Staff Report

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