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Gov. Ducey outlines plans to increase coronavirus testing across Arizona

(Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey outlined plans Thursday to increase coronavirus testing across Arizona amid a continued surge in cases.

Ducey announced a partnership with Sonora Quest Laboratories that will provide the processing of up to 35,000 tests per day by the end of July and 60,000 per day by the end of August.

The state and the Arizona Department of Health Services will provide $1 million to Sonora Quest in order to purchase more processing equipment.

“This partnership will enable Arizona to continue rapidly expanding testing across the state, helping ensure all Arizonans have access to affordable, available testing with speedy turnaround of results,” Ducey said.

Sonora Quest is the state’s leading supplier for testing, providing about 80% of Arizona’s diagnostic testing for COVID-19.

Currently, the state reports about 10,000 new tests per day on its COVID-19 dashboard. Arizona had conducted more than 650,000 tests as of Thursday morning.

The Republican governor also announced a partnership between the state health department and Arizona State University to provide free testing for high-need communities across Arizona.

Ducey said the testing will begin Saturday in the West Valley. The goal of the partnership is to test 100,000 Arizonans.

Those tested will be done so using the ASU Biodesign Institute’s saliva-based test, the first of its kind in Arizona.

“This critical partnership will have an immediate impact in the fight against COVID-19 and help us surge testing where it’s needed most,” Ducey said.

Ducey also said the state will partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide free testing in Maryvale and south Phoenix.

The goal is to test up to 5,000 people per pay and Ducey said he’s hopeful the testing will begin next week.

“I know that people not only that are sick or symptomatic or have been exposed who want to get a test,” Ducey said. “And we want you to be able to get a test.”

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