New York State to Pay BioReference Labs $150M for Covid-19 Testing

360dx NEW YORK – New York State has agreed to pay BioReference Laboratories $150 million for analyzing Covid-19 diagnostic and antibody tests through July 25, according to a database of state contracts. BioReference, a subsidiary of Miami-based Opko Health, tests the samples collected at 11 drive-through facilities around the state, including in New Rochelle and at Jones Beach State […]

Detroit coronavirus update: Retailers to get instructions on reopening | Fairgrounds testing expands for seniors

Crain’s Detroit Business Retailers in the city of Detroit could get “detailed plans” next week for how they can reopen safely amid the coronavirus crisis, Mayor Mike Duggan said Wednesday. Michigan is in the third phase, or “flattening” phase, of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s six-phase reopening plan. Duggan said he expects the fourth phase, “improving,” to start […]

BioReference Laboratories to Provide Lab Services to Westchester Medical Center Health Network

360dx NEW YORK – Opko Health’s BioReference Laboratories announced Wednesday it has entered an agreement with the Westchester Medical Center Health Network to provide laboratory administrative services, operations, reference testing, and outpatient lab services.  The 10-hospital health system, headquartered in Valhalla, New York, performs more than 7 million lab tests every year, and under the […]

Covid-19 Antibody Tests Are Easy to Get But It’s Not Clear What They’re Telling Us

Bloomberg There’s no hard evidence that antibodies to the virus that causes Covid-19 provide immunity Covid-19 antibody tests are suddenly everywhere. A West Palm Beach spa that normally offers Botox and collagen treatments touts tests on Instagram. A New York City urgent-care chain emails patients that the tests are available, though “not 100% accurate.” A chiropractic clinic in […]

How many people need to be tested, traced before NJ moves closer to reopening?

USA Today New Jersey aims to double its COVID-19 testing capacity to close to 20,000 people a day by the end of May as officials weigh the decision to relax monthslong restrictions and reopen the economy, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday. The state also plans to recruit at least 1,000 more contact tracers and pay them to track the movements […]

Covid-19 Antibody Tests Are Easy to Get But It’s Not Clear What They’re Telling Us

Bloomberg There’s no hard evidence that antibodies to the virus that causes Covid-19 provide immunity Covid-19 antibody tests are suddenly everywhere. A West Palm Beach spa that normally offers Botox and collagen treatments touts tests on Instagram. A New York City urgent-care chain emails patients that the tests are available, though “not 100% accurate.” A chiropractic clinic in […]

BRIEF-OPKO Health’s Bioreference Laboratories Launches Covid-19 Antibody Screening For New York City Residents

Reuters * OPKO HEALTH’S BIOREFERENCE LABORATORIES LAUNCHES COVID-19 ANTIBODY SCREENING FOR NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS * BIOREFERENCE LABORATORIES – TESTING WILL INITIALLY BE PERFORMED FOR 140,000 RESIDENTS AT FIVE LOCATIONS * BIOREFERENCE LABORATORIES – COVID-19 TEST RESULTS WILL BECOME AVAILABLE WITHIN 1-3 DAYS, ON AVERAGE Click here for original post on Reuters

Amidst reports of COVID-19 test shortages, some labs operating below capacity

Modern Healthcare Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., the country has struggled with a lack of nucleic acids tests to diagnose the virus. Recently, though, a number of labs, including the country’s largest reference labs have said that not only are they able to fulfill all current PCR test requests, but that they […]