Rep. Tom Reed, whose 23rd Congressional district includes the Greater Olean area, and Quest Diagnostics Regional Vice President Geoff Albrecht announced a plan to increase coronavirus testing in New York's Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York regions. 

Reed said the plan will help demonstrate that the regions have the resources in place to reopen as soon as possible.Under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reopen the state, each region must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month. 

"Now that this critical benchmark has been overcome, I truly believe there is no reason why our region should not be opened on May 15, 2020,” Reed said in a press release.

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Under the plan, Quest will provide an initial quantity of 3,000 tests per day, which tops existing capacity and will exceed the reopening standards, covering 3 million people in New York. The resources will service the unmet demand of New York's Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York regions. 

According to the press release, Quest is ready to begin providing the tests as early as May 18, with supplies shipped out in coordination with local health providers multiple times per week to meet the interregional demand of the three areas.

The tests would not be allocated to a single region over another, but rather be available for rapid deployment to specific locations or communities across the area that need to quickly assess the emergence of new COVID-19 hotspots. 

For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.

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