Created: March 20, 2020 05:14 AM
(ABC 6 News) - Mayo Clinic says it has significantly expanded its capacity to test samples for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
With the new equipment that went online Tuesday, Mayo Clinic can now test samples from all Mayo Clinic sites. Mayo Clinic says it also started processing samples from clients across Minnesota.
"The capability to test and process clinical samples for the SARS-CoV-2 virus is urgently needed nationwide and we have been working around the clock to make this expansion happen as quickly as possible," says William Morice, II, M.D., Ph.D., president of Mayo Clinic Laboratories and chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.
"Our expanded capacity will expedite caring for patients at this critical time, and hopefully will ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in Minnesota and a growing number of geographies."
With all testing options, Mayo Clinic says it can now process as many as 4,000 tests a day and expects that number to go up in the coming weeks.
"We anticipate that with the ongoing need for COVID-19 testing that we will need to expand our capabilities, and we're prepared to do that."
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