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Cuomo announces FDA approval for Northwell to test novel coronavirus

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Mon, Mar 9th 2020 09:05 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday released the following statement:

"After days of advocating the FDA and the federal government to expand testing capacity for the novel coronavirus in New York state and working with Northwell and Wadsworth to expedite the process, we just received word that Northwell Laboratories has been authorized to test under Wadsworth's emergency use authorization. Manual testing of 75 to 80 samples per day will begin at Northwell immediately, but we still need automated testing approved so we can perform thousands per day.

"While this approval is a good first step, the FDA must increase the testing capacity for the state and private labs, because the more tests we run, the more positive people we will find and the better we can control and contain the virus. It's one thing for the federal government not to have the testing capacity in place themselves – that was bad enough – but there's no excuse for them not to be authorizing existing labs to do the work."

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