02 March 2020 – Wadsworth Center partners with hospitals to expand testing capacity

Type of Intervention: Guidance, New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Executive Office, Health
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases; Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans
Level of Jurisdiction: New York
Lead People/Agency: NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Wadsworth Center

Overview: First daily press conference on Coronavirus, the day after the first positive tested case in NY. Announced that the Wadsworth Center (public health laboratory within State Department of Health) will partner with hospitals to expand testing capacity to 1,000 tests daily by replicating NY State’s test (first non-CDC test to receive FDA approval).
Full details here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/novel-coronavirus-briefing-governor-cuomo-announces-state-partnering-hospitals-expand-novel

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: Occurred the day after the first identified case in state.