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How federal snafus slowed testing at a top U.S. hospital

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Amy Mathers, Dr. at U of Va. Medical CenterThe lab directors at the University of Virginia Medical Center felt powerless.

In early March, people began arriving with symptoms of COVID-19. One complained of a cough and had just returned from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak erupted. An elderly patient, already on end-of-life care, had a mysterious respiratory infection. Another, struggling to breathe, had come from a nursing home.

Each needed a test for the coronavirus. The hospital had none to offer.

“Testing is so critical,” said Amy Mathers, an infectious disease physician at the hospital and associate director of its clinical laboratory. “Everybody was just hounding me, and I could see how not having in-house testing was getting worse and worse and worse for the patients and the staff.”

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