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Farmington's Jackson Laboratory To Begin COVID-19 Testing

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Jackson Laboratory in Farmingdale, Conn.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says the Jackson Laboratory research institution in Farmington will begin testing for COVID-19.

Lamont says the addition of Jackson Labs would greatly enhance Connecticut’s ability to test more people faster for COVID-19.

“It’s up ten times in the past week. And I hope it’s going to be up ten times again in the next week or two.”

Charles Lee with Jackson Labs says with current staff and equipment they can test 150 samples a day.

“We expect that, within days, to be ramped up substantially more.” 

The state’s public health lab in Rocky Hill was doing only about 20 tests a day last week. Officials say the additional testing will also allow researchers to learn more about the virus and how it is spreading.

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