Broad Institute partners with City of Cambridge to pilot COVID-19 surveillance in nursing facilities

Broad Institute partners with City of Cambridge to pilot COVID-19 surveillance in nursing facilities

In the first four days of the pilot program, about a thousand people had been tested, with 200 of those being found to be positive for coronavirus. The Broad recently began working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the National Guard to process samples from nursing facilities with known outbreaks. The goal of the pilot program is to rapidly identify cases, enable immediate medical care for infected individuals and prevent transmission to others. Trained emergency medical technicians with ProEMS use Broad-supplied kits to collect samples, which are brought to the institute’s COVID-19 testing lab for processing. “With expanded availability of testing at the Broad and elsewhere, we can start to do more surveillance testing like this pilot program.

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