UC Riverside unveils on-campus coronavirus testing lab

By David Downey | The Press-Enterprise |

FORBES - UC Riverside is doing its own testing for the novel coronavirus.

The Inland Empire campus of about 25,000 students opened a COVID-19 testing laboratory in September and is processing 400 test samples per day, said Rodolfo Torres, vice chancellor for research and economic development.

“We’ve been operating at full speed,” Torres said.

And the university plans to boost the number of daily tests to 600 in the next few weeks, Torres said.

“We want to minimize the chance that there will be an outbreak,” he said.

In a densely populated campus environment, he said, that means testing over and over again — and getting results quickly — so infected people can be promptly quarantined before spreading the virus.

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