ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – TriCore Reference Laboratories is once again increasing its testing capacity. The lab has brought in a new testing instrument, bringing their total of machines to three.

TriCore launched the CDC assay for COVID-19 testing which was followed by the Abbott m-2000 and has added the Diasorin MDx and Roche Cobas 6800 this week. TriCore says it’s also exploring additional testing platforms to increase capacity even more.

“We have modest expectations in terms of testing supplies to support running all of these instruments around the clock,” said Dr. Karissa Culbreath, Medical Director and Infectious Disease Division Chief. “Our strategy is to use multiple platforms to meet New Mexico’s capacity needs and to be able to maintain testing during potential reagent shortages by any one manufacturer. We are actively exploring additional testing platforms that would increase capacity for the state and will continue to keep the community updated as these efforts come to fruition.”

Since launching the test last month, TriCore has provided results for more than 10,000 COVID-19 tests.