Mayor says NYC can perform 50,000 coronavirus tests a day

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NEW YORK – New York City has reached its goal of performing 50,000 coronavirus tests per day, and its contact tracing effort has potentially prevented thousands of new infections, officials said Thursday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said four new clinics run by emergency care company MedRite would bring the city’s total daily testing capacity to 50,000.

“This is the number we have wanted to achieve for a long time. We will now have that capacity, ”he said.

Dr Ted Long, responsible for the city’s contact tracing effort, said the median wait for test results across the city is now two days, up from more than double a year ago. week, but he acknowledged that the waits at some test sites were much longer. .

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