CHCC to speed up coronavirus testing

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THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. will use BioFire to speed up the diagnostic tests for patients who may have Covid-19.

Esther Muna

CHCC said it “is in the interim process of implementing our first public health specific laboratory diagnostic for infectious diseases, BioFire. It is a public health tool designed for syndromic surveillance, and is capable of testing for a variety of pathogens in less than one hour.”

In an interview, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said the hospital is now in the process of getting the equipment and renovating its laboratory.

CHCC has so far sent out three specimens of patients under investigation for Covid-19.

The first specimen was sent to Atlanta on Feb. 10 and CHCC received the result after 12 days. The second specimen was sent to Hawaii in the first week of March and the result was known on March 6.

On March 13, CHCC informed the public that it sent out a third specimen for testing to Guam. As of Tuesday, CHCC had yet to receive the result.

“We want to do it [testing] ourselves to get the result as soon as possible,” Muna said.

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