Hospitals report ‘severe shortages’ of Covid-19 tests, HHS survey finds
The US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) on Monday released the results of telephone survey of 323 hospitals across 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, finding “severe shortages of testing supplies and extended waits for test results.”
Hospitals reported that they were unable to keep up with COVID-19 testing demands because they lacked complete kits and/or the individual components and supplies needed to complete tests, including nasal swabs, viral transfer media and reagents used to detect the virus.
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