ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is well-prepared to treat patients with COVID-19 across the organization, while actively helping the world respond to the pandemic. As Mayo does this, it will openly share its expertise and point of view with policy makers, global health leaders and others, while making all decisions in a way that aligns with its core mission of putting the needs of the patient first.
Mayo Clinic’s preparedness plans
Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been a national leader in responding to the need for more and more quickly deployed testing for COVID-19. Anticipating demand for COVID-19 testing in late February, a Mayo Clinic team produced a laboratory-developed test within three weeks. In mid-March, Mayo partnered to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity to 4,000 tests per day, providing testing support for our own practices as well as helping to relieve backlogs in several states.
Mayo began serologic testing the week of April 6 and is working on additional tests that will enhance our ability to track the disease and understand immunity. You can find more information on serologic testing here.
Mayo Clinic joined Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, the University of Minnesota and other health system leaders to announce a breakthrough initiative to provide rapid, widespread testing for COVID-19 in Minnesota. The goal is to test all symptomatic people, isolate confirmed cases to limit the spread, and expand surveillance tools for public health officials.
The partnership is being funded in part by $36 million from the COVID-19 Minnesota Fund. Under the agreement, the partners will:
Investigational convalescent plasma
Mayo Clinic is the lead U.S. institution providing coordinated access to investigational convalescent plasma for hospitalized patients with severe or life-threatening COVID-19, or those at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the designation on April 3.
Convalescent plasma refers to blood plasma collected from people who have recovered from COVID-19. The plasma is used to treat others with advanced illness. The plasma donor must have recovered from, and tested negative for, COVID-19 and be otherwise healthy. The patient is transfused with the donor's plasma, which contains antibodies that can attack the virus and may help patients recover more rapidly.
COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition
Mayo Clinic initiated a COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a collaborative private-industry response to the pandemic. Its mission is to save lives by providing real-time learning to preserve health care delivery and protect U.S. populations. Each coalition partner brings unique assets, shares resources and plans, and works together to support those on the front lines in responding to COVID-19.
Mayo Clinic, Leavitt Partners, and several Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty leaders were among the first to coalesce around this effort. These leaders asked MITRE Corp., a nonprofit technology research and development organization, to help coordinate the private sector response and serve as an independent party to facilitate communication, aggregate de-identified data — from clinical insights to resource requirements such as beds and ventilators — and coordinate the response. Coalition partners include Arcadia.io, athenahealth, Buoy Health, CommonWell Health Alliance, Epic, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, LabCorp, Leavitt Partners, MassChallenge, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, MITRE, Rush University System for Health, Salesforce, University of California Healthcare System and Walgreens. More information about the coalition is here.
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