A subsidiary of veterinary diagnostics firm Idexx Laboratories Inc. will begin producing COVID-19 test kits for people, and the company is offering previously developed testing for pets at its labs worldwide.

The Westbrook-based company announced Monday that its human health subsidiary, Opti Medical Systems, is in the early stages of rolling out test kits specifically for use on human samples.

Opti Medical, which operates in Georgia, already has validated the effectiveness of the test kits, Idexx said in a news release. The initial run of test kits will be offered to existing customers involved in testing patients for COVID-19, it said.

Monday’s news makes Idexx the second company with a major presence in Maine to announce the production of COVID-19 test kits. Read more