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Coronavirus tests remain limited, raising questions about haves and have-nots


March 20, 2020

The State Capitol has been closed to the general public because of the coronavirus, but is open to Senate and House members, other state office holders, staff members and credentialed media. Photo by Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

Call it test anxiety, but not the kind you might remember from school.

With a shortage of COVID-19 testing kits available at Oklahoma's state lab, public health officials are prioritizing who can get tested for the virus, but it's causing high anxiety among some patients. State officials said Wednesday they're waiting on shipments of the raw materials that go into the testing kits to come from the federal government.

The American health care system is built on testing, and in normal times, patients are urged to get tested for all types of diseases, from regular mammograms and prostate exams...

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