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Arizona May End Coronavirus Testing Due To Lack Of Testing Kits, State Health Officials Say

Arizona Health officials are warning that the state may soon be unable to continue testing people for COVID-19 because of a lack of testing kits, and a Democratic congressman is demanding an explanation from the Trump administration, The Hill reported Friday.

Democratic Congressman Greg Stanton (Ariz.) warned Vice President Pence on Thursday that he was frustrated with how the administration has continued to “grossly mismanage” the coronavirus pandemic, and said the administration had “crippled” doctors and nurses with a lack of needed supplies.

Stanton first wrote to Pence in February to complain about the defective tests, and to ask for an explanation of how the administration planned to rectify the issue. On Thursday, he said he has still not heard back.

“I ask you again — how do you plan to fix this unacceptable lack of tests and give our health professionals the resources they need to keep the American people safe?” Stanton wrote in a letter sent to Pence on Thursday.

According to The Hill, Arizona’s top health official issued new guidelines to primary care providers earlier this week, telling them not to test patients for COVID-19, saying the state’s “current reality” is that it doesn’t have enough supplies to meet testing demand.

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