One of nation’s largest health system-run diagnostic labs now able to process hundreds of tests daily
LAKE SUCCESS, NY — Northwell Health Labs today began semi-automated testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Through an emergency use authorization submitted Tuesday night to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the lab now has approval to move immediately from manual testing to the lab’s semi-automated molecular diagnostic system, developed by GenMark Diagnostics, Inc.
“Since we began manual testing Sunday evening, we processed about 133 tests,” said Labs Executive Director Dwayne Breining, MD. “Moving to this semi-automated system will enable us to increase our testing capacity immediately to about 160 a day, and then to several hundred a day later this week."