Stanford Medicine has conducted more than 500,000 COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. The medical center‘s clinical virology laboratory began testing microbiological samples for COVID-19 on March 4, 2020, making it among the first labs in the country — and the first in California — to do so.
Since that time, the lab‘s throughput has increased considerably. Testing volume was as high as 4,000 samples daily at the peak of the most recent COVID-19 surge. With infection rates dropping, the lab is now conducting about 1,600 tests per day.