Arizona Commences In-House Testing for Coronavirus; Hopes to Speed Up Diagnosis

In a bid to speed up the diagnosis of potential coronavirus cases, a state laboratory in the Arizona state of the United States has begun in-house testing of suspected patients. This has eliminated the time-consuming process of waiting for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to process the patient samples.

To confirm the speed of the testing, State Health Department Director, Dr. Clara Christ claimed during a press conference that in house testing can test 450 samples daily with speedy results which could be delayed till the next day at most. But in other cases, the test results are gotten on the same day.
While the number of available test kits was not confirmed, Dr. Clara Christ said shortages are not expected.
The efforts began after the first victim in the United States tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It was confirmed that the person had traveled to Wuhan, China, where coronavirus had its roots. So far, coronavirus has affected more than 90,000 patients worldwide and has caused not less than 3,000 deaths, across the world.
Additional cases of the virus infection are to be expected in Arizona, but the count of victims are expected to be relatively low. According to medical experts, getting the coronavirus in Arizona would be considered out of the ordinary except “you have a history of travel or contact with an infected person”.
This development came after the United States President Donald Trump ordered the investigation of a CDC lab in charge of assembling coronavirus testing kits in Atlanta. The order came after a scientist raised alarms that the lab may be contaminated itself, which may subsequently lead to the assemblage of poor-quality or infected kits potentially harmful to use.
This made some states in the United States including New York to improve on their kits and submit for emergency approval. New York confirmed their first case on Sunday.
While the United States remains a coronavirus flashpoint, statistics from Fox News has confirmed that not less than a hundred coronaviruses cases have been confirmed in the US, with five people dead, and many other fates, --inconclusive.

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