The ID NOW COVID-19 assay is a promising tool for the rapid identification of COVID-19 patients . However, its performances were questioned . We evaluate the ID NOW COVID-19 in comparison to a reference RT-PCR using a collection of 48 fresh nasopharyngeal swabs sampled on universal transport media (UTM). Only 2 false negatives of the ID NOW COVID-19 were identified . They display PCR cycle threshold values of 37.5 and 39.2 . The positive percent agreement and the negative percent agreement were 94.9% and 100%, respectively . The Kappa value was 0.88 . The ID NOW COVID-19 combines high-speed and accurate processing . Using UTM, the ID NOW COVID-19 could be repeated in the case of invalid result . Further analyses, such as screening of genetic variants or genome sequencing, could also be performed with the same sample . As for all tests, the results should be interpreted according to clinical and epidemiological context.