At St. Paul’s Hospital, the microbiology and virology lab never sleeps in its hunt for the virus that causes COVID-19.
Hour after hour, day after day, week after week and now month after month, the lab repeats the same process up to 800 times a day: It receives specimens, puts them through a series of processes — administrative, scientific and robotic — and delivers a result: either positive or negative.
St. Paul’s started testing for COVID-19 on Feb. 14. A lab that was already testing for several other microbes including human immunodeficiency virus and influenza had to pivot quickly to accommodate the new virus, said Dr. Marc Romney, medical leader, medical microbiology and virology.
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