Yesterday the White House announced that commercial laboratories will be authorized to perform monkeypox tests, which will greatly increase the capacity for the nation to detect the poxvirus.
Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics, and Sonic Healthcare will now conduct the tests.
“These commercial laboratories will dramatically expand testing capacity nationwide and make testing more convenient and accessible for patients and health care providers,” the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a press release. “Health care providers will be able to use these laboratories by early July and testing capacity through these companies will be ramped up throughout the month.”
US public health labs can currently process about 8,000 orthopoxvirus tests per week, but this move means tens of thousands of tests could be conducted weekly. Last week, White House officials conformed that public health labs across the country were processing roughly 60 tests per day.