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Documents Reveal States Face Supply Shortages Amid Plans To Increase Coronavirus Testing

  • August 11, 2020

Bloomberg (8/10, Court, Lee) reports, “As coronavirus cases swelled across the Sun Belt, hot-spot states including Texas and Arizona sought help from veterinary labs and mental-health clinics for testing capacity, but kept running into a shortage of materials, according to documents released Monday.” Multiple “state public-health departments laid out plans to pour money into new staff and machinery but were bound by thin stockpiles of key materials, according to testing documents submitted last month to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and released on Monday.” Health officials “told HHS that supplies needed to collect patient samples and chemicals called reagents used to process tests were difficult to come by.”