Wyoming working to produce coronavirus testing supplies

CASPER — As shortages of testing materials continue across the state and country, Wyoming’s health officials are working to make some of the supplies themselves.

As of Tuesday morning, the state’s health lab had processed 567 samples, while private labs have run at least 170. There is no backlog, said Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state’s health officer and the official who oversees the lab.  Roughly 300 more samples have either recently arrived or are on the way to the lab.

But the state is not testing everyone because testing materials on the provider side — the swabs and tubes used to transport the swabs — are in short supply.

As of now, only a handful of groups — health care workers, people who hospitalized, people with close contact to confirmed cases, the chronically ill — are getting swabbed.

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