The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shock-waves throughout the global economy. Some economies have been affected more severely than others. In the US, quarantines, travel curbs, and business shutdowns triggered an economic downturn, prompting state and federal officials to focus on what could be done to reopen the American economy safely.
At the center of discussion as the pandemic continued was laboratory testing and how to utilize it to identify those who can safely return to work and school and to keep those healthy while there. Two critical test types came out quickly during the early months of the pandemic; molecular testing (RT-PCR) and serology testing (antibody).
Molecular testing answers the question of who is currently infected. This test is essential as it allows businesses and communities to take precautionary measures that decrease the transmission of the virus by the person who has tested positive.
Serology testing answers the question of who has previously been infected with the virus. Using this test provides a deeper understanding of how the virus spreads within a community and can be useful for identifying at-risk populations. Most notably, serology testing can identify those who can donate blood for convalescent plasma as a treatment for patients suffering from COVID-19.
With the US economy back open, a resurgence in COVID-19 cases increased drastically and, along with it, COVID-19 testing. Currently, there are over 3 million confirmed cases and roughly 132,000 deaths. Within the state of California, there are close to 300,000 confirmed cases with a death toll of over 7000 and rising as of July 9th. With the rise in confirmed cases, California hospitals are experiencing an influx of new admittance of COVID-19 patients.
Consequently, the rise in testing has led to a nationwide supply shortage of testing materials that have impacted Sacramento County. Five community testing centers throughout Sacramento County have been shut down, and many hospitals cannot test patients because of the shortage, leaving many looking for options.
Early in the initial spread of SARS-CoV-2, StemExpress set out to provide testing so that businesses, communities, and healthcare facilities could remain open. Today, with a robust supply chain, StemExpress can provide 10,000 molecular tests and 5000 serology tests per day with results in less than 72 hours.
StemExpress’s sizeable testing capacity has helped ease the burden of the local healthcare system by providing essential testing that they could no longer fulfill. StemExpress is currently supporting over 30 hospitals in the Sacramento area, more than 20 skilled nursing facilities in the region, STAT testing for immediate transplant surgeries to local donation centers, and local surgery centers needing patient testing prior to surgery.
Additionally, businesses, such as the Sacramento Kings, Folsom based restaurants, and sovereign nation casinos, have also used StemExpress’s testing services. The quick turnaround time of 72 hours for testing results has helped keep these businesses open.
With a commitment to the health, well-being, and success of the Sacramento community, StemExpress will continue to provide essential testing for COVID-19. To schedule an appointment, please visit https://www.stemexpress.com/covid-19-testing/.
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