Raimondo announces partnership with two private labs to increase state’s testing capacity

Gina Aug 5

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) –  On Wednesday Governor Gina Raimondo announced a new partnership with two private labs to increase the state’s testing capacity.

The announcement came following Raimondo’s remarks that the state’s delays in testing results have caused problems with contact tracing.

“Delays in testing have been a major area of concern,” Gov. Raimondo said. “Increased demand around the country has led to longer turnaround times–sometimes a week or more. That’s unacceptable and we will not rest until we fix that problem.”

Starting next week, each lab will run 1,000 Rhode Island COVID-19 tests per day with a guaranteed result in two days, according to Raimondo.

By next month, one of the labs called Dominion will increase capacity to 7,000 tests per day.

According to RIDOH, that would bring us up to 9,000 tests which would include testing at the RIDOH State Health Lab and other private labs that the state has already partnered with.

Raimondo also announced Wednesday that Asymptomatic testing of Rhode Islanders is also being expanded starting Wednesday night for people ages between 18-39 years old for free.

For more information on how you can get tested for COVID-19 and where your nearest testing site is click here.

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