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Kansas to use genetic testing to find new coronavirus strain


January 1, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will rely on genetic tests to identify cases of a new and apparently more contagious coronavirus strain that was first seen in England, the director of the state Department of Health and Environment said this week.

No cases of the new strain have been detected in Kansas. Cases have been confirmed in Colorado, Florida and California.

Dr. Lee Norman said Kansas already does genetic testing with about 1% of COVID-19 patients and it plans to increase its lab capacity so that it can do more tests.

Norman told reporters during a Statehouse news conference this week...

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