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Expanded Testing Is A Win For NY23

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Washington, May 9, 2020 | comments

Dear Neighbor,

When it comes to safely handling the Coronavirus and getting the state into a position to reopen, testing is a key component. This week, we worked together with Quest Diagnostics, regional officials and local health care providers to dramatically boost testing capacity and the availability of kits in our region. With this expanded testing capacity, we have met a major benchmark set by the Governor to reopen our region.

The commitment with Quest includes:

  • An initial quantity of 3,000 tests per day, which included with existing capacity, will exceed the reopening standards covering 3 million people in New York.
  • The flexibility to provide testing resources to service the unmet demand of the following three regions as defined in the State of New York’s reopening plan: the Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes and Western New York.
  • The ability to provide this testing capacity will begin as early as May 18th. The capacity will be available for rapid deployment to specific locations or communities across the area that need to quickly assess the emergence of new COVID hotspots.

Cooperation, coordination and communication are vital in this situation – and we recognize and applaud Quest Diagnostics for stepping up to work with us over the past few weeks to make this expanded testing capacity a reality. With this new capacity in place, there is no reason why our region cannot be opened on May 15th, 2020.

We will continue to fight for the resources our region and state need during this crisis. For more information on the Quest Diagnostics development, please visit: https://www.weny.com/story/42105402/congressman-tom-reed-and-quest-diagnostics-team-up-to-deliver-additional-virus-test-kits


Until next time,

Tom 

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