Kansas dangerously low on COVID-19 test kits

Secretary of the Department of Health predicts state will run out test kits over the weekend.

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March 20, 2020 - 5:09 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ health department could all but run out of coronavirus testing kits over the weekend, forcing it to rely on private labs and potentially delaying results, the agency’s top administrator said Friday.

Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Department of Health and Environment, said that testing wouldn’t stop altogether because the agency would hold back a few of its tests for infected people who have been hospitalized. Also, four private lab companies already are doing some testing, though Norman said they typically take longer to report their results than the state’s one-day turnaround. 

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