Mayor: NYC to purchase 50,000 COVID-19 test kits per week, EDC to make tests in May

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is constantly figuring out how to keep New Yorkers and those on the front lines safe, as New York battles the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 14, 2020, 1:20 PM

Updated 1,498 days ago

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Mayor: NYC to purchase 50,000 COVID-19 test kits per week, EDC to make tests in May
Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is constantly figuring out how to keep New Yorkers and those on the front lines safe, as New York battles the coronavirus.
The mayor says efforts are being made in the city, as well as help being sent in from other states to make sure New Yorkers can continue to get tested.
New testing supplies are also on their way. The mayor said new supplies are coming online. Aria Diagnostics, based in Indiana, is donating 50,000 kits. NYC will also be purchasing 50,000 kits per week starting April 20.
The test kit components include nasal swabs, viral transport medium (VTM) and tubes.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation is also building a new supply chain to produce up to 50,000 tests per week in the city.
Academic laboratories and commercial laboratories will be used to produce the Viral Transport Medium. He also says local manufacturers and 3D printers to produce testing swabs and tubes. Production is set to begin in the beginning of May.
Mayor de Blasio says work in New York City will be “super charged” to get supplies to health care workers.
He says PPE made in New York City includes face shields being made by eights firms in Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Army Terminal and Manhattan. The goal will be 620,000 face shields per week.
He says there are currently 240,000 face shields made per week.
Also, five firms are currently making surgical gowns in Brooklyn Navy Yard, Sunset Park, Garment District and Long Island City. There are currently 30,000 gowns made per week.
He is looking to grow that number to 100,000 per week by April 24. Mayor de Blasio says the goal is 250,000 surgical gowns per week.
The mayor says the city is also getting outside assistance for surgical gowns.
He applauded the companies for making the essential equipment in a quick amount of time.


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