Paradigm began establishing unique state, county, and local partnerships across Arizona in early April 2020 to begin addressing the need for COVID-19 testing. The SARS-Co-V-2 outbreak shed light on what was to become an increasingly high demand for safe, accurate, and reliable testing for the COVID-19 virus. Paradigm identified areas of need in local communities and developed accurate testing processes in partnership with local community organizations and governments to provide easy and accessible testing solutions. These partnerships allowed Paradigm to provide community testing services for COVID-19 through innovative testing processes with rapid results.
Partnerships with state and local health departments helped expand COVID-19 testing in many Arizona communities, including Pima County, Pinal County, Santa Cruz County, and Maricopa County. Additional partnership and support were established in partnering with Arizona’s Department of Health Services as well. Paradigm developed a COVID-19 testing plan from specimen collection through providing results all within a 24- to 48-hour time period. Paradigm provided staffing and testing supplies, personal protective equipment, and specimen collection standards that aligned with all state, local, and CDC guidelines. All specimens were safely and securely transported to Paradigm Laboratories for processing.
Paradigm partners with state and local educational spaces across Arizona, including K-12 schools as well as colleges and universities to expand testing opportunities for educational communities. Paradigm Laboratories offer full-service, state-of-the-art technologies and instruments for processing a wide variety of testing, including COVID-19 testing. In order to help support students and teachers entering a safe environment, regular options for community testing will help identify outbreaks as well as asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 to help in contact-tracing efforts across communities and the state.
Paradigm has developed COVID-19 testing opportunities for community members in need of specific testing for travel and airport requirements. While different airlines require distinctive requirements, Paradigm offers a range of testing options for COVID-19 with one- or two-day turnaround times to help align with airline policies and accurate test results. The diagnostic RT-qPCR tests available with Paradigm meet many standard airline testing requirements, though all persons who require testing for travel should check specified guidelines from their specific airline. Paradigm has partnered with Pima County Health Department and the Arizona Department of Health to provide rapid testing at Tucson International Airport and MESA Gateway Airport.
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