The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has convened a Testing Surge Workgroup to develop a plan to increase testing, expand testing sites and options, and address testing supply challenges, including the availability of personal protective equipment.
- Traci Butler, LabCorp, Senior Vice President, Atlantic Division
- Dr. Gerald Capraro, Atrium Health, Director of Clinical Microbiology Lab at Carolinas Pathology Group
- Jay Campbell, North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, Executive Director
- Azzie Conley, NCDHHS Division of Health Service Regulation, Chief, Acute and Home Care Licensure Certification Section
- Dr. Michael Datto, Duke University Health System Clinical Laboratories, Medical Director
- Dr. Garett Franklin, Cary Medical Group, Physician
- Dr. Charlene Green, Old North State Medical Center, President
- Jay Ludlam, NCDHHS Division of Health Benefits, Assistant Secretary for NC Medicaid
- Dr. Melissa Miller, UNC Health Care, Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Microbiology Laboratories, Lab Director
- Alan Myers, Quest Diagnostics, Vice President/General Manager, Southeast Region
- Stacie Saunders, Alamance County Health Department, Public Health Director
- Chris Shank, NC Community Health Center Association, Executive Director
Earlier this week, Governor Roy Cooper charted a path forward for combating COVID-19. The plan focuses on increasing testing capacity, expanding testing sites and addressing supply challenges; ramping up staffing and technology to determine who has been exposed when someone tests positive; and analyzing new data, including number of new cases, hospitalizations, deaths, protective equipment, supplies, hospital capacity and more.