NFL believes national laboratory approach won’t dilute local testing resources

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With at least two weeks of daily testing for at least 120 employees per team, the NFL will be consuming at least 3,840 COVID-19 tests per day. That’s 26,880 per week for at least the first two weeks of camp.

So will the NFL’s testing requirements drain testing resources that otherwise could or would be utilized by members of the general public in a given city?

According to a source familiar with the league’s program and policy, the NFL believes that its approach to testing won’t infringe on the local testing requirements, even in cities that currently are experiencing coronavirus outbreaks.

The league’s confidence comes from the fact that it has made independent arrangements with a national firm, which will keep teams from competing for any locally-available resources. Although, in theory, any testing capacity utilized by the NFL’s teams could be devoted to others, the league is specifically creating its own testing capacity via its arrangement with BioReference Laboratories, which is expanding its capacity to meet the NFL’s demand. Absent the enhanced demand, BioReference Laboratories wouldn’t be expanding its capacity.

Of course, BioReference Laboratories would be free to expand its capacity to ensure that anyone/everyone who uses its services gets their results within a 24-hours period. But BioReferences Laboratories is a private company, owned by a publicly-traded corporation with a clear and obvious profit motive. If a client like the NFL will be paying a significant amount of money to have a significant number of tests collected and analyzed within 24 hours, BioReference Laboratories has a clear incentive to make the service available.

As to the 24-hour turnaround for testing from NFL teams, that could change based on the overall demands on the national testing apparatus. The league would fall in line behind critical-care patients and health-care workers, if the national system becomes overrun. Currently, that isn’t an issue.

6 responses to “NFL believes national laboratory approach won’t dilute local testing resources

  1. I beleive it wont bog down testing as well. We need all types of employment to be tested. My employment gets tested on a regular basis. Their are pool methods that narrow down the testing needs and make it much more efficient as well.

    All employment needs to be tested if they desire. Not just general public. Getting the economy back to high volume is prioroty #1 for this nation to keep families with food on the table. From top to bottom.

  2. There’s cautiously optimistic, then there’s Panglossian, and then there’s… whatever this is. Delusional? Maybe there’s a better word for it. Somebody help me out here.

  3. “The NFL is not protecting their players”.
    “The NFL is testing too much and draining resources”.
    You can’t make this stuff up.

  4. On the one hand, I have no problem with a private enterprise hiring companyt to do work (COVID testing).

    On the otherhand, it’s an indictment of the USA that testing is in short supply months into the Pandemic.

    The rich should not be able to jump the line, but if they are paying for their own l’s not the same thing. Then it becomes a different issue where some get access to a needed service and some don’t. This need sto be thought about and discussed nationally.

    If I can pay for a tets because I’m wealthy, I don’t wnat my tax money to pay for anyone elses tests, and I’ll fund lobbyists who push my view. Thats bad public policy.

  5. so BioReferences Laboratories is choosing to allocate their resources to the NFL and not the public’s…good to know

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