Kansas agency low on COVID-19 test kits; state offers loans
March 20, 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' health department is "precariously low" on coronavirus testing kits and could be forced to rely on private labs, 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 if the agency ran out of kits because it would hold back a few for infected people who've been hospitalized. Four private lab companies are doing testing, though Norman said they typically take longer to report their results than the state's one-day turnaround.