Allegheny Health Network began assembling COVID-19 test kits in its downtown Highmark Health Penn Avenue Place building this week. Dozens of tables with medical staffers lined the auditorium of the building filled with sterile media tubes, swabs, instructions, and biohazard bags.
"Once the provider swabs the patient, it goes into the tube and it gets sent to the lab," said Korie Enscoe, director of quality for the Allegheny General Hospital surgery center. "It's actually pretty fun."
Medical facilities across the country say they're short on test kits. AHN officials say the provider wants to create 6,000 new kits by the end of the week and "thousands more in the weeks ahead."