Virginia Tech COVID-19 lab passes 100,000-sample milestone


Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 analysis lab reached a milestone in March, breaking more than 100,000 samples analyzed since the lab opened less than a year ago.

“It was an emotional moment to see the 100,000th sample arrive,” said Carla Finkielstein, director of the Virginia Tech Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. “We’ve come so far since we first started. This achievement is beyond our wildest dreams, but we really can’t spend time reflecting on it.  For now, we are not really conscious of what we’ve achieved — we just keep moving samples. We are on autopilot, reporting the results of our sample testing as fast as we can to public health officials to help contain the virus.”

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