Northwell Health spends $30M in COVID-19 testing so far

The largest health care provider in the state says its invested $30 million in coronavirus testing since the beginning of the pandemic, an investment it says is one of the biggest in the country.

News 12 Staff

Sep 3, 2020, 5:46 PM

Updated 1,352 days ago

Share:

Northwell Health spends $30M in COVID-19 testing so far
The largest health care provider in the state says its invested $30 million in coronavirus testing since the beginning of the pandemic, an investment it says is one of the biggest in the country.
According to Northwell Health Labs, that money went to COVID-19 testing equipment and lab supplies, including automated machines introduced this summer to "ensure both diagnostic and antibody testing will continue as part of a rapid and uninterrupted process in the event of another surge."
Nineteen Northwell hospitals, 52 urgent care centers and more than 800 outpatient facilities across Long Island, New York City and Hudson Valley all rely on the lab for test processing, the company said.
The company also recently bought high-throughput diagnostic testing analyzers, cartridge-type tests, and "wet" antibody chemistry tests. Diverse tests help keep them available to the public, according to the company.
“Our goal has been to deploy at scale as much testing as possible, as quickly as possible, so we were among the first labs to implement, validate and evaluate performance characteristics for most of these tests,” said Dwayne Breining, MD, executive director of Northwell Health Labs. “Early in the pandemic, it was unclear which manufacturer would be able to supply quality testing at scale, so we ran with them all. As various supply chain issues have emerged, maintaining multiple testing platforms has been a successful mitigation strategy.”
Right now the lab is focused on eliminating false positives and developing an algorithm for retesting isolated positives.


More from News 12
1:25
Greenpoint residents continue to rally for safer streets

Greenpoint residents continue to rally for safer streets

1:35
Possible showers Saturday before a mild sunny Sunday

Possible showers Saturday before a mild sunny Sunday

2:11
Parents, students rally for safety at Parkside Preparatory Academy

Parents, students rally for safety at Parkside Preparatory Academy

1:05
Police: 2 boys assaulted in Bed-Stuy incident; hate crime probe underway

Police: 2 boys assaulted in Bed-Stuy incident; hate crime probe underway

1:55
Brooklyn business building unique campervans

Brooklyn business building unique campervans

1:50
Behind-the-scenes look at new aquarium sculpture exhibit made entirely of marine debris

Behind-the-scenes look at new aquarium sculpture exhibit made entirely of marine debris

0:24
NYPD arrests 19-year-old in fatal shooting incident of 16-year-old

NYPD arrests 19-year-old in fatal shooting incident of 16-year-old

0:30
Police: 2 men sought in string of violent e-bike robberies across Brooklyn

Police: 2 men sought in string of violent e-bike robberies across Brooklyn

1:17
Runners are lacing up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon! Here’s all you need to know about traffic and transit in the area

Runners are lacing up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon! Here’s all you need to know about traffic and transit in the area

0:29
Gov. Hochul: ‘Safe Housing Support Initiative’ helped more than 450 people in New York City

Gov. Hochul: ‘Safe Housing Support Initiative’ helped more than 450 people in New York City

1:36
The Real Deal: How to navigate the buying, renting market in New York

The Real Deal: How to navigate the buying, renting market in New York

Your New York City Graduation Photos

Your New York City Graduation Photos

1:59
Crown Heights woman says she is living with exposed asbestos in NYCHA apartment

Crown Heights woman says she is living with exposed asbestos in NYCHA apartment

0:51
NYPD: 20-year-old shot in East New York Thursday afternoon

NYPD: 20-year-old shot in East New York Thursday afternoon

2:00
Brooklyn man has homicide conviction vacated due to mistaken identity

Brooklyn man has homicide conviction vacated due to mistaken identity

1:13
Sweet treat: Brooklyn Heights Häagen-Dazs reopens with new decor & eco-friendly alternatives

Sweet treat: Brooklyn Heights Häagen-Dazs reopens with new decor & eco-friendly alternatives

0:58
Mayor Adams announces pilot program to fight against retail theft in NYC

Mayor Adams announces pilot program to fight against retail theft in NYC

1:49
Lithium-ion batteries fire prevention bill for Brooklyn goes to Senate for final vote

Lithium-ion batteries fire prevention bill for Brooklyn goes to Senate for final vote

1:44
Coast Guard 'Military Spouse of The Year' shares story on finding community between every move

Coast Guard 'Military Spouse of The Year' shares story on finding community between every move

1:59
Basketball program in Flatbush helping keep young athletes active

Basketball program in Flatbush helping keep young athletes active