One Plus One
One Health Labs’ ability to turn around results within two hours of sample collection fit the bill for Concentric by Ginkgo. However, they needed to find a way to lower costs to ensure school districts could afford to implement regular screening. One Health Labs had recently added Pooled Sample Collection to our service offerings, which helps lower the cost per test significantly. In addition, Pooled Sample Collection only required the use of nasal swabs, not nasopharyngeal swabs. Nasal swabs make testing yourself for COVID-19 easy and pain-free so students of all ages could feel comfortable getting tested.
Pooling makes it possible for students and teachers to combine swabs in a single tube and run them in a single test, greatly simplifying sample collection logistics, reducing the need for additional PPE and test kits, and lowering the cost of testing. This type of testing gives schools and districts group-level data to make informed public health decisions at a fraction of individual testing costs while bringing students and teachers back to school with peace of mind.
Keep Kids in School. Keep COVID-19 Out.
Concentric by Ginkgo currently runs testing for hundreds of schools across the country, including large-scale programs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Maryland’s Montgomery County. Concentric by Ginkgo expects to onboard numerous additional schools across the country in the coming weeks.