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.

An empty Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on April 5, 2020.

The Earth During a Pandemic

As people continue to huddle indoors, avoiding their usual daily commute to work and school, it is inevitable that humans’ dramatic new relationship with the world would have a major impact on the state of the environment.