New York to bankroll private businesses that manufacture coronavirus tests

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Medical technicians handle a vial containing a nasal swab at a drive-thru testing site in Colorado on March 31, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state will invest in private companies to speed- and scale-up rapid COVID-19 testing capacity.

“You have to have that testing on a scale. You have 19 million people in the State of New York. Just think of how many people you would need to be able to test and test quickly.”

Gov. Cuomo

Businesses who want to work with the state to produce rapid tests on a large scale should contact Empire State Development by calling (212) 803-3100 or emailing COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.

Gov. Cuomo cited the largest single day increase in deaths due to the coronavirus in the state so far when remarking on the ongoing need to ramp up the manufacturing of tests.

“That’s 731 people who we lost. Behind every one of those numbers is an individual, is a family, is a mother, is a father, is a sister, is a brother.”

Cuomo

Prior to the Monday to Tuesday numbers, the largest single-day increase was Friday to Saturday of last week.

The New York State Department of Health has succeeded in developing a test that can detect antibodies to the coronavirus infection in the blood of an individual who has recovered.

The test could help determine whether New Yorkers are developing an immunity, as well as potentially representing the first steps toward figuring out when an people can return to work or school.

Throughout New York, the majority of testing facilities are overextended, and only able to test high-risk individuals, like first responders, hospital workers, and the elderly. Many symptomatic and clearly ill individuals do not appear on official counts because they do not have a confirmed positive coronavirus test. Counties often refer to these patients as PUIs, which stands for “person under investigation.”

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