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Capacity for COVID-19 Testing -- Current Status and Considerations   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "As governors continue to lead in preventing the spread and mitigating the negative consequences of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease], significant limitations on testing supplies and laboratory testing capacity must be considered in short-term planning. Test availability and laboratory capacity to analyze specimens are increasing, but supply chain pressures, especially regarding seriously limited access to reagents, and other test equipment (e.g., swabs and viral transport media) and severe shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g., N95 respirators, masks, gowns, gloves) are significantly limiting population-level testing approaches. [...] This memo addresses approaches governors may take to increase access to testing such as (i) expanding access to tests and laboratory capacity to process the tests, (ii) assertively working with the federal government and commercial suppliers to obtain test equipment and PPE; (iii) expanding drive-through testing options, and (iv) providing consistent testing guidance for providers and consumers in the context of limited resources."

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2020-03-26
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National Governors' Association
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