Coronavirus Update New York City: NYC Pandemic Response Lab is home to researchers, analysts, technologists

KIPS BAY, Manhattan (WABC) — New York City has a pandemic response lab that is filled with more than 100 researchers, analysts and technologists.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had to see the 24-hour, 7-day-a-week operation for himself.

“This is a home-grown solution,” de Blasio said. “I want to be clear. It didn’t exist. It was put together to address the coronavirus here in NYC by New Yorkers.”

The staffers and machinery can analyze 20,000 coronavirus tests per day.

What’s even more impressive is the turn-around time, producing test results in less than 12 hours. That kind of speed is absolutely necessary as many public school students return to classrooms beginning on Monday — regular coronavirus testing will be their new reality.

RELATED: Gov. Cuomo announces COVID vaccine delivery date for New York

“We have the capacity to not just do weekly testing in the schools, but also not take away from the important critical testing we have to do in the community,” Director of Mayor’s Office of Operations Jeff Thamkittikasem said.

De Blasio said schools wouldn’t be able to reopen without the facility.

“The pandemic response lab gives us a guarantee that tens of thousands of tests can be done and processed every day,” he said.

The recent surge of coronavirus cases throughout the five boroughs means the demands on the lab will only grow, and the lab is ready to increase capacity to 30,000 tests per day.

And a month from now, 100,000 tests per day — all at a cost that makes economic sense for the city.

“We are paying $28 per test for tests that are processed in this lab,” said James Patchett, of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. “Compare that to what most national labs charge, which is about $100 a test.”

ALSO READ | Don’t expect a second stimulus check this year. Here’s what Congress is talking about instead


Coronavirus by zip code – New York City
Do you have coronavirus symptoms?
Where to get tested for COVID-19 coronavirus
New CDC guidelines on masks
How coronavirus changed the New York region
New York City
New Jersey
Long Island
Westchester and Hudson Valley
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus

Submit a News Tip

Copyright © 2020 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.



Your email address will not be published.

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Healthclub.care will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.
Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
The Classic Internet Listicles
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Photo or GIF
GIF format