A new generation of COVID-19 tests may be Florida's best shot at containing virus spread

Florida’s coronavirus summer has felt like deja vu for public health experts worried about a testing system once again unable to keep up with surging cases and demand. Like the rest of the country, the Sunshine State has relied on commercial labs to perform ever-increasing numbers of labor intensive molecular tests to detect COVID-19. An early summer wave of people seeking the tests created a bottleneck of results with up to two-week delays across the state. That forced the Florida Division of Emergency Management to pivot to new providers and less sensitive tests earlier this month, reducing wa...


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