'Not gone as smoothly as we would have liked': CDC fixes coronavirus testing kit glitch

A CDC addresses a glitch in coronavirus testing kits and will significantly expand testing as heath agencies prepare for more U.S. cases.

29.2.2020

The CDC has expanded criteria for coronavirus testing and fixed a testing glitch to allow every state and local health departments to begin testing next week.

A CDC addresses a glitch in coronavirus testing kits and will significantly expand testing as heath agencies prepare for more U.S. cases.

Ken Alltucker USA TODAY The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded criteria for coronavirus testing and fixed a testing glitch to allow every state and local health departments to begin testing next week. A CDC official said the new approach addresses a testing kit issue and will significantly expand testing as health agencies prepare for more U.S. cases , including possible spread of the virus not just limited to travelers returning from endemic regions. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the agency has taken steps to address problems with test kits mailed to state and local labs. "This has not gone as smoothly as we would have liked," Messonnier said. More: Coronavirus, explained: Everything to know about COVID-19, the deadly virus alarming the world The CDC initially developed and mailed testing kits with three components, or reagents, to detect the new virus, COVID-19. Some states had trouble validating one of three components in the kits. The CDC reviewed the glitch and concluded using two components are"appropriately sensitive and specific" to accurately detect coronavirus, Messonnier said. The CDC will begin making kits with two components and share those kits with states, local health departments and other qualified labs. Public health labs that still have the three-component tests on hand can begin using the two-component testing method to produce accurate results. "Our goal is to have every state and local health department online, doing their own testing by the end of next week," Messonnier said Friday. On Thursday, the CDC also expanded testing criteria of"patients under investigation" to reflect the wider spread of the virus around the globe. People with a fever, cough or shortness of breath who traveled to five nations where the virus is spreading rapidly – China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea – are recommended for testing. Two weeks ago, the CDC announced it would begin testing people with flu-like symptoms in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle to detect possible spread of coronavirus. That testing should begin next week with plans to expand surveillance to all 50 states, Messonnier said. Earlier this week, CDC warned of "severe" disruptions to everyday life with more coronavirus cases in U.S. communities, not just among travelers returning from affected regions. Possible disruptions could be school closings, canceled or postponed public gatherings and businesses forced to have employees work remotely. Earlier this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed frustration about the CDC's testing criteria and the limited number of test kits available. He said the number of testing kits was"simply inadequate" to adequately identify new cases. His comments came after the CDC and California health officials announced the nation's first possible case of"community spread," or an unknown source of infection. The woman was transferred to University of California, Davis Medical Center from another Northern California hospital on Feb. 19 but was not tested for the virus until four days later. Dr. David Lubarsky, CEO of the medical center, wrote in a memo that hospital staff asked public health officials whether the patient should be tested when she arrived at the hospital. "Since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not immediately administered," Lubarsky wrote. Messonnier defended the CDC's handling of the case, noting the agency did not learn about the patient's circumstances until Feb. 23 and immediately ordered testing. The CDC received the patient's specimens on Feb. 25 and confirmed the next day she had the virus. Messonnier said the CDC has dispatched a team to jointly investigate the case with the California Department of Public Health to trace all of the woman's contacts. "People who were exposed to this person during their infection are at some level or risk, depending on their exposure," Messonnier said, citing family members and health care workers who had close, sustained contact as likely candidates for monitoring. Read more: USA TODAY

It’s a hoax. No need to take it seriously. 🙄🙄🙄 The test for CoronaVirus, which has already spread, should be done only for the severely ill. When will the CDC release the nation’s current “test kits” results to the public? This will allow us all to see where the Coronavirus outbreaks are actually occurring.

Pence is already getting results.

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