ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that New York State has been approved by the FDA to perform its own testing for cases of the novel coronavirus.
Before this announcement, every test had to be sent to the CDC in Washington, and it would take a few days to get the test results back.
Governor Cuomo had been working with Vice President Mike Pence prior to Saturday, trying to come up with a way to get test results quicker. The CDC was having issues dealing with the volume of tests they were getting from across the country.
New York will begin testing at the Wadsworth Center in Albany immediately. The goal is for every state to have its own testing site set up by the end of next week.
Gov. Cuomo says testing within the state will allow New York to get test results from the coronavirus quicker, and they will be able to test more people.
If a state test comes back positive, the test will then be sent to the CDC headquarters in Atlanta for confirmation.
Watch Gov. Cuomo’s full update on the virus in the video below:
There are still no confirmed cases of the virus in New York State.
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