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Bellingham Lab Reaches COVID-19 Testing Milestone

March 25, 2021

Northwest Laboratory completed one million COVID tests within eight months. It all started when the lab secured a state-wide contract to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in long-term care facilities in Florida. Since then, it scaled up its testing capacity to 25,000 tests per day by accelerating turnaround time to under 24 hours for most of its samples. This enabled business expansion to include 36 states, Mexico, and Canada.

Check out this King 5 News report (Seattle) that features the dedicated and hardworking staff at Northwest Laboratory: Watch Video

In addition to the video, here's a little background that provides greater detail of Northwest Laboratory's journey to one million COVID tests in just eight months. The journey began with the laboratory's statewide contract with Florida Department of Health to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in long-term care facilities back in May. Since then, Northwest Laboratory has rapidly expanded its services to include clients in 36 states, Mexico, and Canada. Here is a snapshot look at the lab's accomplishments.

Northwest Laboratory - A National Clinical Laboratory Offering High-Volume, Rapid Turnaround COVID-19 Testing Services

Turnaround Time - Less than 24 hours after receipt of specimen for 96 percent of the cases and less than 48 hours for over 99 percent of the cases

Active Capacity - 25,000 COVID-19 tests per day

Results to Date - Over 1 Million COVID-19 PCR tests (reached the 1 million test milestone on Thanksgiving Day - November 26)

Providing Testing Services For: 36 states, plus Mexico and Canada; Drive-through and walk-up collection sites; Long-term care facilities ; Hospitals, Department of Corrections, Schools and universities; Organizational testing.

Learn More About Northwest Laboratory

Northwest Laboratory Leads the Way with its 24-Hour Commitment for COVID-19 Test Results

How Our Lab Partner Embraced Innovation and Won a Statewide Testing Contract

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