NYC opens new lab that will process COVID-19 tests within 48 hours


Image: Photographie de Matt MonathA lab dedicated to processing coronavirus tests in New York within 24 to 48 hours officially opened on Thursday. The “Pandemic Response Lab” is located in the Alexandria Life Science Center on First Avenue and East 29th Street in Manhattan. The lab, run by the city’s economic development corporation and managed by robotics firm Openetrons, will expand city-wide testing capacity while providing faster turnaround time to get results from samples collected from NYC Health + Hospitals sites.

By not relying on large labs, the city lab hopes to shorten the wait time for test results, which took more than six days for some New Yorkers at the start of the crisis. According to the city, the turnaround time for COVID-19 tests has improved, with more than 80% of tests returning within 72 hours.

At a press briefing Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the new lab would be able to process around 20,000 tests per day by November.

Since opening last week, the lab has so far processed 4,000 tests. “PRL” tests cost NYC just $ 28 each, one-third of what the city was paying larger labs, including QuestDiagnostics. Results are promised within 24 to 48 hours at the city lab.

“With New York’s infection rate and hospitalizations at their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic, we know our large-scale screening and testing strategy is working,” de Blasio said. “The PRL will build on our city’s reputation as a world leader in making testing accessible to everyone.”

The city will soon be launching a rapid COVID-19 test design competition, looking for an affordable test that will produce results in just 15 minutes. According to the NYCEDC, the tests needed in the city are “point-of-care and in-home COVID tests that can give results in minutes rather than hours and can be self-administered.”

“The slowness of laboratory results is slowing the recovery of our city. Pandemic Response Lab was designed to help solve this problem, ”Opentrons CEO Jon Brennan-Badal said in a statement last week.

“We have paired experts in genetics and clinical diagnostics with advanced automation and robotics that will allow us to deliver lab results to New Yorkers within 24 hours. Nothing is more important to us than helping our city respond to the pandemic. The pace of our recovery will depend on the speed and accuracy of testing across town. ”


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Bill de Blasio, coronavirus, covid-19, NYCEDC


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