TESTING SERVICES FOR NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019

Agency: State Government of Connecticut
State: Connecticut
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 541380 - Testing Laboratories
Posted Date: May 29, 2020
Due Date: Jun 5, 2020
Solicitation No: 20PSX0060
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Organization Administrative Services, Procurement Services
Project/Solicitation # 20PSX0060
Solicitation Type Request for Proposal
Due Date 06/05/2020
Includes SBE/MBE Requirements NO
Qualified Partnership NO
Summary TESTING SERVICES FOR NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019
Contact Name Tina Costanzo
E-Mail tina.costanzo@ct.gov
Phone (860) 713-5068
FAX
WebSite http://portal.ct.gov/das
Additional Description TESTING SERVICES FOR NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 Supplemental Solicitatin - Results will be incorporated into Contract #20PSX0054
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State of Connecticut
Request for Proposal #20PSX0060
TESTING SERVICES - NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019
Date Issued: May 29, 2020
Due Date: June 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Department of Administrative Services
Procurement Division
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
OVERVIEW ______________________________________________________________________3
SERVICE OBJECTIVES_______________________________________________________________3
PRICING _________________________________________________________________________9
SELECTION CRITRIA________________________________________________________________9
INSTRUCTIONS TO PROPOSERS _____________________________________________________10
ATTACHMENTS:
ATTACHMENT 1 - GUIDE TO ELECTRONIC PROPOSAL SUBMITTALS
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Request for Proposal (RFP)
TESTING SERVICES NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019
The State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (“DAS”) is issuing this Solicitation as a Request for Proposal (“RFP”)
pursuant to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7Z to solicit responses for testing services for the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019
(“COVID-19”) for all geographic locations throughout the State of Connecticut. The State will issue multiple Supplemental Solicitations in
order to provide continuous recruitment of adequate resources to accommodate testing service needs throughout the duration of the
COVID-19 pandemic. Proposers need only to respond once for consideration. Results of any Supplemental Solicitation(s) will be
incorporated into the resultant Contract #20PSX0054. It is the intention of the State to make partial contract awards as successful contract
negotiations are completed.
Overview
On March 10, 2020, Governor Lamont declared a public health emergency to bolster Connecticut’s efforts to contain
Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and has taken several emergency actions in response to the COVID-19
outbreak. These emergency actions include the formation of a panel of experts from within the state's medical and
business community, including the Department of Public Health (DPH), to consult with, and advise, his administration
regarding the re-opening of Connecticut's economy.
To that end, the State of Connecticut (State), Department of Administrative Services, on behalf of the Department of
Public Health is seeking solutions for the implementation of a comprehensive approach to widespread, high volume
testing in Connecticut for the presence of COVID-19 infection by testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus and/or antibodies using
protocols as defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-
situations-medical-devices/faqs-diagnostic-testing-sars-cov-2#general).
Qualified proposer’s will have the opportunity to offer solutions that support a demand for high volume, high
throughput testing of symptomatic and asymptomatic Connecticut residents. The State will partner with a set of
successful proposers in a statewide contract for these testing services and intends to have the resulting contract
with an initial term of one (1) year with the option to renew.
SERVICE OBJECTIVES
I.
Testing Services
Testing service solutions for SARS CoV-2 virus and/or antibody testing that provide collection, including solutions
for collection of testing (collection kits, transport), and/or testing services, including testing kits. Responses may
reflect the ability to provide all or individual components of these testing services.
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A. Describe how your service(s) complies with Federal and State of Connecticut licensing requirements,
including but not limited to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and State of Connecticut Public Health
Code.
B. Describe how your service(s) offers options to perform molecular and/or antibody based testing,
including:
1. the ability to implement laboratory tests using molecular technologies;
2. the capacity to provide serological testing for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies; and
3. the name of test kit and manufacturer.
C. Describe your ability to receive, process and test specimens based on the FDA approved manufacturer
criteria, per testing methodology guidelines. Include turnaround time from specimen collection through
final patient test report to provider or patient, as applicable. The state is looking for the fastest turn
around time of results for real-time contact tracing capabilities and therefore a turn around time of 24
hours is desirable.
D. Describe the capacity of your service(s) offered and how your service(s) will include or ramp up to the
highest throughput for the anticipated high volume testing.
E.
Provide a specimen collection plan compliant with current and evolving Center for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and FDA guidance. Proposals must include on-site collection options as well as
remote collection, including but not limited to collection and testing in underserved areas or to non-
mobile populations.
II. Qualifications
A. Licensing requirements:
1. Moderate and high complexity laboratories must have a current, valid Connecticut Clinical Laboratory
license and submit a laboratory director’s credentials.
2. Waived complexity laboratories: A Connecticut Clinical Laboratory license is not required.
B. Certification requirements:
1. Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certificate must be included for all moderate,
high and waived complexity laboratories.
III. Reporting
A. Describe how you will report, per manufacturer recommendations, positive, negative and inconclusive
results to ordering provider or client, as applicable.
B
Describe how your service(s) will report results to DPH within 48 hours of identification in accordance
with the State of Connecticut Public Health code requirements described below:
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STATE OF CONNECTICUT PUBLIC HEALTH CODE REQUIREMENTS:
Effective February 5, 2020, the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health
(DPH), amended the List of Reportable Diseases, Emergency Illnesses and Health Conditions and
the List of Reportable Laboratory Findings by adding "COVID-19" and "SARS-CoV-2" to such lists
(https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DPH/EEIP/CTEPI/Vol40_No2.pdf?la=en). This action was taken
pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a- 2a and Section 19a-36-A7 of the Public
Health Code. Laboratories performing tests to identify infections caused by SARS-CoV-2 based on
FDA guidelines (https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-
regulatory-and-policy-framework/emergency-use-authorization#covid19euas) are required to
report results to the Connecticut Department of Public Health within 48 hours of identification of
results (Sec. 19a-36 page 6 (12-08) Department of Public Health§ 19a-36-A3Sec. 19a-36-A3. Persons
required to report reportable diseases and laboratory findings).
1. Laboratories are required to report positive, negative, and inconclusive results as defined
by the test(s) being used. Only results of tests performed on Connecticut residents need
to be reported.
2. Information to be reported is in Section E, Table 1 of this RFP Document, including data
elements and the data format and content. Requirements for including the data elements
are listed in Table 2, Usage Definition. The order of the data elements should match the
order in Table 1. Laboratories must make every effort to request on test requisitions the
information required.
3. To facilitate the reporting of SARS-CoV-2 testing, laboratories must be able to send
reports in an electronic format, either HL7 or flat file. Adherence to these standards will
allow DPH to process results in an automated fashion to be able to more quickly
disseminate results for public health use.
a.
Laboratories can use either HL7 v2.5.1 (preferred) or HL7 v2.3.1 message formats
based on national electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) standards, and as defined
in the DPH ELR HL7 2.5.1 Local Implementation Guide (https://portal.ct.gov/-
/media/DPH/EEIP/CT_ELR_Local_Guide.pdf?la=en ).
b. Laboratories can submit results in a flat file format (e.g., Excel, csv). If using a flat
file, the data elements and content must meet the standards outlined in Table 1.
Files must be formatted to include all of the data elements, even if they are not
populated, and include headers.
4. Method of reporting will be determined in discussion with each laboratory. Reporting
methods need to be secure, for example, secure email, sFTP, or PHINMS.
5. Regardless of reporting file format or method, laboratories will need to review these
reporting requirements with DPH and obtain preapproval before reporting is started. This
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