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Blueprint for a Pop-up SARS-CoV-2 Testing Lab

Innovative Genomics Institute SARS-CoV-2 Testing Consortium, , Dirk Hockemeyer, Fyodor Urnov, Ralph Green
Published: 12 April 2020
Abstract: The appearance and spread of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) led to the official declaration of a global pandemic, with states in the US implementing shelter-in-place orders at an unprecedented scale. SARS-CoV-2 has a robust person-to-person transmission rate and an asymptomatic period of two weeks or more, leading to widespread infection that has overwhelmed healthcare infrastructures around the globe. Effective public health measures require extensive, accurate, and rapid testing to determine infection rates. Here we describe the strategy we used to establish a CLIA-licensed clinical laboratory to perform a validated Laboratory-Developed Test (LDT) for SARS-CoV-2 in Berkeley, California and the surrounding Bay Area community. Our procedures for implementing the technical, regulatory, and data management workstreams necessary for clinical sample processing provide a roadmap to aid others in setting up similar testing centers.Note on Nomenclature: in accordance with established virology and infectious disease nomenclature, throughout this document we use “SARS-CoV-2” to refer to the viral agent causing infection and “COVID-19” to refer to the human infectious disease caused by that viral agent.
Keywords: infectious disease / Sars Cov / Rapid Testing / Respiratory Syndrome / Global Pandemic / Testing Lab / Viral Agent

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