Increased COVID-19 testing rolling out this week

Pres. Trump urges Americans to stop hoarding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vice President Mike Pence and the White House Task Force on the coronavirus said on Sunday that nearly two million testing kits will be in the field by the end of the week.

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Vice President Mike Pence points to a question as he speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Speaking at the White House in what has become a daily briefing on efforts to combat the disease, the Vice President also announced that some 2,000 laboratories are ready to begin processing those tests as early as tomorrow at a rate of tens or even hundreds of thousands of tests per day.


Admiral Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the intial roll-out will be targeted at high risk areas in the first week, and will expand in the weeks that follow. He said that most of the testing will be done away from acute care facilities such as hospitals to prevent endangering patients in those facilities.

Opening the briefing, President Donald Trump called on Americans to cease hoarding groceries and other supplies amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. The President said he has spoken with leading grocery store executives and that the food supply chain remains healthy. Vice President Pence urged Americans to only buy the groceries they need for the week ahead.

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