Rheonix employee testing samples.

How an Ithaca-Based Biotechnology Company Became a Game Changer in Same-Day COVID-19 Testing

The Food and Drug Administration gave Rheonix, housed in Cornell’s Business and Technology Park, approval for an automated testing system for SARS-CoV-2. The COVID-19 MDx Assay — Rheonix’s testing procedure — will expedite the return time on test results, allowing Cayuga Medical Center to process tests the same day as opposed to waiting up to five days.

In his daily briefing on April 17 Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced several measures  required to move the state toward reopening- one of which was wide scale testing.

As Cuomo Issues New Executive Order, Weill Cornell Medicine Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing

As many people yearn to return to some form of normalcy, states are beginning to consider what the reopening of nonessential businesses should look like. In his daily press briefing Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) said a crucial first step for reopening is widespread COVID-19 testing — which New York State currently lacks.

On that same day, Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, Weill Cornell Dean, announced a new initiative to begin antibody testing employees of Weill Cornell.

In order to inform educational practices in the coming weeks Cornell Health administered a survey to better understand student attitudes regarding COVID-19.

Cornell Health Survey Highlights Students’ Commitment to Halting COVID-19 Outbreak

From April 2 to April 3, the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health administered a digital survey via multiple email lists with the goal of understanding students’ attitude and shift in behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the survey are intended to inform administrators and professors, so they can appropriately develop educational material and messages.

In a Zoom call initially addressed to family and friends Dr. David Price offers practical tips to prevent getting COVID-19 with the hope of dispelling a sense of fear or panic.

In Viral Video, Weill Cornell Physician Dispels Rumors and Provides Practical Tips for COVID-19 Pandemic

In a Zoom call initially addressed to family and friends, Weill Cornell fellow of pulmonology, Dr. David Price, has attempted to dispel some of the public confusion regarding the virus. Since being reposted online the video has garnered nearly four million views. Working at one of the epicenters of the pandemic — New York City — and specializing in patients with respiratory illnesses in the intensive care unit, Price is uniquely positioned to speak about COVID-19.