In mid-March, Broad converted part of our CLIA-certified lab into a high-throughput COVID-19 testing facility. Our team has steadily increased the pace and scale of diagnostic testing, while also developing test protocols that make them easier to administer and process.
All this being done at low cost, to make it as affordable as possible for the people and communities who need support. As the number of tests performed increases, we are able to bring down the cost-per-test even further.
We have organized our testing support around these areas of need:
Hospitals and clinics
We work with hospitals and clinics to provide regular and surge capacity for COVID-19 test processing. Health providers send SARS-CoV-2 Real-time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Assay tests directly to Broad for rapid processing and return-of-results.
Nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and homeless shelters
In certain settings where individuals live in close quarters, it is critical to detect infections before there has been much opportunity for transmission. In these settings a healthcare provider may determine that individuals are at elevated risk and should therefore be tested regularly. We have partnered with the State to:
Provide ongoing screening of residents and staff of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, starting in Cambridge and now, across Massachusetts: more than 78,000 people so far in more than 440 different facilities.
Partner with Mass Senior Care in a weekly testing program for especially vulnerable populations in low-income senior housing in Chelsea, New Bedford, and parts of Boston.
Partner with the city of Cambridge and a local ambulance service to provide tests at no cost for 1,072 medically-vulnerable individuals in 16 low-income housing complexes.
Provide testing for people staying in homeless shelters in Cambridge.
Residents in high-impact communities
Broad has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the state’s “Stop the Spread” initiative to provide free testing for residents in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lowell, Lawrence, Lynn, Marlborough and New Bedford in July and August, 2020. Although these communities represent nine percent of the state’s population, they make up 30 percent of current cases.
Colleges and universities
Broad is in discussions with some colleges and universities in Massachusetts and the surrounding area to enable regular viral testing for students, staff and faculty, including for the Fall 2020 semester.
Broad Institute does not offer direct COVID-19 testing for individuals. If you are seeking a COVID-19 test, please contact your healthcare provider.