Sen. Menendez Visits HMH CDI for Coronavirus
February 28, 2020
The Center for Discovery and Innovation is developing a rapid-test response for the virus that is sweeping the globe
Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, hosted U.S. Senator Robert Menendez at the network’s Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), where leading researchers are developing a rapid response test to diagnose the coronavirus known as COVID-19 , which is sweeping the globe and has reached California.
Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) toured the CDI with Hackensack Meridian Health experts who are also preparing for potential cases in New Jersey. The virus has spread to 48 countries and federal health authorities have warned Americans to prepare for major disruptions in the U.S. while President Trump this week appointed Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the nation’s response to a potential outbreak.
“Coronavirus is already in the US and we are preparing for cases in New Jersey,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, the chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “As the state’s largest comprehensive health network, we are positioning ourselves as the leader to mitigate its effects, and also develop innovations which will help in the days and weeks to come.”