INDEPTH: Mayo Clinic expert says we haven’t hit the peak of coronavirus

Jacksonville, FL — Northeast Florida is blessed to have world-class health resources, including the Mayo Clinic. As March ended the number of coronavirus cases had swelled to nearly 7,000 throughout Florida, and there were no signs of cases slowing.

We sat down on Tuesday, March 31st with Dr. Greg Poland, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota.  Dr. Poland says our world has changed in a matter of weeks, and the worst is yet to come. 

On Tuesday, the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville announced it is increasing its process and testing of coronavirus (COVID-19) specimens for existing patients in the Florida region. Expanded testing is the result of diagnostic processors from Roche Diagnostics.

Mayo says its lab will be able to process more than 1,000 tests per day and will expand capacity over time. Results will typically be reported within 24 hours of testing.

"In the days and weeks to come, we will be working closely with other health care institutions in the region to assist in processing some of their test samples and significantly increase the overall volume of COVID-19 testing done," says Kent Thielen, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic in Florida.

"We will gradually increase our volume of testing over time," says Aziza Nassar, M.D., chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Nassar said as many as 8,000 tests could be processed every week as the capacity increases.

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