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Gov. Murphy announces acquisition of 15 Abbott ID NOW instruments from the federal government to expand access to COVID-19 testing in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY – Governor Phil Murphy Friday announced the acquisition of 15 point-of-care ID NOW testing instruments from the federal government to expand access to COVID-19 testing in New Jersey. The portable, rapid testing machines will be dispersed to health care systems throughout the state, will be able to test for COVID-19 and process specimens in approximately 5-13 minutes. 

“In order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and manage our health care resources and personal protective equipment supply, we need to implement more aggressive testing techniques,” Murphy said. “With Abbott’s innovative point-of-care molecular testing platform, we will be able to swiftly process lab specimens and provide individuals with the care and resources they need immediately. I am grateful for our partnership with the federal government and with Abbott Labs for their assistance in expanding testing capacity in New Jersey.”

“This new initiative will help New Jersey meet demand for testing in our state,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. “Rapid testing will help provide more real-time data on the impact of COVID-19 in our state.”

“Point-of-care testing with rapid results will help health care providers identify positive cases more quickly, which will facilitate safe and effective health care delivery to more patients,” Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Health’s Division of Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness Christopher Neuwirth said.

“The addition of the Abbott rapid testing device to current diagnostic capabilities will enhance the ability of health care providers in diverse practice settings to address the many challenges associated with providing optimal care to patients with COVID-19,” Laboratory Director for the New Jersey Public Health and Environment Laboratories Thomas J. Kirn, M.D., Ph.D. said.

In March 2020, Abbott received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval for molecular point-of-care testing for the detection of COVID-19. The test runs on the company’s ID NOW platform, providing rapid results in a wide range of health care settings. In addition to the 15 ID NOW instruments, New Jersey has received an initial allotment of 125 tests and will require additional resources to achieve maximum testing capacity.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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