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Carmel donating 50K COVID-19 tests to New York City

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 11:39:14-04

CARMEL — The city of Carmel will donate 50,000 COVID-19 tests to New York City in the next two weeks.

The city is donating the tests with Apex Medical, Zak Khan and Aria Diagnostics.

“We must be able to look back on this moment in time and know that we did all we could to help fight the battle against this historic and deadly virus,” Brainard said. “Countries that have tested widely have seen more success with leveling the curve and reducing number of people catching the virus because they are able to quarantine those who test positive. They are able to determine if the virus exists in someone even though they may not be symptomatic before testing.”

Vipin Adhlakha, co-founder of Apex Medical, said the new firm is able to produce about 12,000 kits per day, running two shifts. The firm has enough materials on hand to make 250,000-500,000 testing kits. Several orders for kits have already been received from labs located in North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky and Maryland.

Adhlakha said the donation plans will not affect local testing. He plans to send 50,000 to New York City and keep 50,000 for local testing.

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