The lab is under construction in a Second Street warehouse. It will open in June.
In just two weeks, carpenters who usually make furniture delivered 11,800 face shields for doctors and nurses to use immediately at local medical facilities.
Healthcare workers are concerned about a shortage of personal protective equipment, especially N95 masks.
The patient is recovering in isolation, but his experience is another indication that the novel coronavirus is spreading throughout Berkeley.
Officials approved a new Kaiser Permanente medical center on San Pablo Avenue after property owner Wareham agreed to give four months of free rent to several of its struggling tenants who have to move.
Wareham Development had plans to raze the businesses to create parking for a planned Kaiser medical office facility. ZAB said that is not the best use of the land and nixed the application.
Some of Berkeley’s biggest developers, concerned about homelessness, have donated to the city fund. At least two of them did so while Berkeley was considering their projects.
This week, the Berkeley City Council approved a West Berkeley zoning change for half a parcel that may allow Kaiser to open a new medical facility at Parker and 10th streets.