The Jackson Laboratory is providing COVID-19 testing for hospitals and health care facilities in Connecticut and Maine

  • How does testing work?

    There is so much confusion around COVID-19. What are the symptoms? How do you know if you should get tested? What is the test like? And what happens behind the scenes? This short video will give highlights of the process.

  • JAX Genomic Medicine Press Release May 08, 2020

    New collaboration designed to improve COVID-19 testing for first responders

    Town of West Hartford and The Jackson Laboratory announce a new collaboration designed to improve COVID-19 testing for West Hartford public safety.

  • clinical laboratory, jax genomic medicine Press Release April 14, 2020

    Expanded coronavirus testing for Maine hospitals

    JAX is now providing additional coronavirus testing capacity for frontline health care workers and in-patients in the state of Maine.

What are The Jackson Laboratory's qualifications for testing for COVID-19?

In order to conduct COVID-19 diagnostic testing, a laboratory must be CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) licensed for high complexity testing. The JAX-GM diagnostic laboratory is CLIA licensed for high complexity testing by the state of Connecticut and is also accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), which ensures the laboratory is always up-to-date with the latest best practices in a variety of specialties, for example, molecular microbiology.

In 2013, JAX became a Connecticut-licensed and CLIA-registered clinical laboratory. CLIA regulates laboratory testing and requires clinical laboratories to be certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) before they can accept human samples for diagnostic testing. CLIA registration means that the lab is qualified to accept and process clinical samples of human cells and tissues for DNA testing.

What are the COVID-19 tests used for?

JAX’s CLIA Laboratory’s testing will detect RNA sequences specific to the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.

What technology will be utilized?

JAX’s CLIA Laboratory will be utilizing an FDA-approved, real-time, reverse transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) detection technology for the COVID-19 diagnostic testing.