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Fast Facts COVID-19.

Labs across the country are offering testing services to detect SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, overcoming significant challenges.

85%

of lab managers say supply chain disruptions have delayed or decreased testing.

55%

of lab manager say manufacturers/suppliers have said they cannot purchase testing kits or reagents because of government restrictions/allocations for these products; 60% of academic medical centers and community hospitals and 30% of commercial reference labs agree with this statement.

60%

of labs are running full staffing seven days a week to run SARS-CoV-2 testing.

34%

of commercial reference labs process more than 500 SARS-CoV-2 tests per day, compared with 18% of labs at community hospitals, health systems or academic medical centers.

90%

of labs plan to increase testing capacity over the next three months.

84%

of labs will increase testing capacity by adding platforms. Other methods; increase staff (42%), increase lab shifts (39%), and add testing locations (22%).

88%

of labs said they are not experiencing significant numbers of false negatives on SARS-CoV-2 tests.

43%

of labs report turnaround times of 12-24 hours for their primary test method and 34% report turnaround times of 24-48 hours.

* Source: https://www.amp.org/AMP/assets/AMP_SARS-CoV-2_Survey_Report_FINAL.pdf

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Title Annotation:THE OBSERVATORY: NEWS * TRENDS * ANALYSIS
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Date:Jul 1, 2020
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