Kaleida Health CEO Jody Lomeo Talks Testing and More on WBEN

Testing Capabilities Increasing, But Still Not as Widespread as Health Officials Want

Oishei Children's Hospital. May 21, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

(WBEN) - The availability of Coronavirus testing continues to be an area of concern for the healthcare industry across the country, and Western New York is no different.

On Thursday, Kaleida Health CEO Jody Lomeo joined WBEN to provide an update on the state of testing locally.

“I don’t want to make any false promises around (testing),” Lomeo said, when asked if testing can be more widespread in the near future.

“We’ve been ramping up. We’ve gone from only being able to test our employees and our inpatients to now, we can test other healthcare providers, and then look for first responders, police, fire. We’re looking to add doctors offices. We’re looking to by next week being able to do 300 to 500 per day.”

“That sounds like a lot based on what we’ve been doing, it’s just not enough.”

Lomeo said that around 50 to 70 people per day come in to Kaleida hospitals under the suspicion of Coronavirus, but not all of them can be tested.

Kaleida has administered over 1,300 tests as of Thursday morning.

As they are taking in more and more patients, there are also many being discharged. Nearly 200 Coronavirus patients have been discharged from Kaleida hospitals as of Thursday.

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