How the Broad community is responding to COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic presents increasing public health challenges, scientists from around the world have responded with openness and unprecedented speed, studying the SARS-CoV-2 virus and working to develop new diagnostic technologies, treatments, and tools for researchers. Scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard are contributing to this global effort in a variety of ways.
Learn more about how the Broad community is partnering with local and state governments and health care providers to support testing efforts.
April 16, 2020
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has launched a pilot program, in partnership with the Cambridge Public Health Department and ProEMS ambulance service, to conduct COVID-19 testing of all residents and staff members at Cambridge’s seven skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. The results give the City of Cambridge the ability to more quickly respond to outbreaks.
Update, April 17, 2020: The Broad is now working with ProEMS to conduct COVID-19 testing for residents and staff at Cambridge’s homeless shelters, using the same rapid testing surveillance methods currently being used at the city’s nursing and assisted living facilities.
March 26, 2020
Working in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory, and area hospitals, the CLIA-certified lab of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has begun processing COVID-19 test samples from patients across New England. The lab returned its first batch of results back to physicians within 24 hours of receiving samples. As teams at the testing center apply additional automation, tests will take approximately 12 hours to complete from receipt.
Update June 5, 2020: The Broad's Clinical Research Sequencing Platform can now process approximately 35,000 COVID-19 tests per day.
March 27, 2020
Facing a pandemic, scientific and administrative teams across the institute raced to enable coronavirus testing. Read how the Broad's COVID-19 testing facility rapidly came together.