AHN Producing Coronavirus Test Kits In House

They plan on having tens of thousands of kits in the next few weeks

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
April 02, 2020 - 5:26 pm
Volunteer assembled a coronavirus test kit for Allegheny Health Network

Allegheny Health Network

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A familiar downtown building is now a coronavirus test kit production site.

Kelly Stefano-Cole, Director of Clinical Microbiology at Allegheny Health Network tells KDKA Radio’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland with many employees working from home that opened up a space for 14 volunteers to work in an auditorium at the old Joseph Horne’s Building.

LISTEN: Kelly Stefano-Cole on AHN's coronavirus test kit production 

“The work that we’re doing today is mission-critical to limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus and flattening the COVID-19 curve in this region,” said Kelly Glass, AHN’s vice president of strategy, operations, and shared services.

The kits include two biohazard bags, labels, a naso-pharyngeal swab, an instruction sheet, and a tube containing viral transport media, so the collected sample can be tested later.

The volunteers assembled about 6,000 kits on Thursday and over the next few weeks will assemble tens of thousands more that will be distributed across the Allegheny Health Network.

AHN will also continue to acquire test kits from outside vendors and they currently have enough kits to meet the existing need with the kits being assembled in-house to protect in case of a future supply shortage.

Volunteers are also at the research environments at Allegheny General Hospital.

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