This Laboratory Professionals Week, we’re taking a moment to thank laboratory researchers, technicians, administrative staff and medical officers who are going above and beyond the call of duty to serve patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, ACLA spotlights the fifteen members of the Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 rapid response team who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to develop and validate their COVID-19 test.
Mayo Clinic Virology team works around the clock to develop, validate COVID-19 test
As the COVID-19 pandemic began to sweep across the United States, fifteen Mayo Clinic Laboratory staff members set out to develop, validate and offer molecular tests to those in their communities. Lab technicians and staff worked around the clock to make the diagnostic tests widely available, and in just three weeks, Mayo Clinic’s Minnesota-based COVID-19 rapid response team made available to order their COVID-19 polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test.
Thanks to their tireless efforts, Mayo Clinic has been sharing results with providers in less than 24 hours since the test’s launch in March, helping patients get the critical results they need. This group has helped ACLA members perform a collective total of 2.45 million tests to date.