Trump administration acts to make coronavirus testing more available

Efforts focus on helping labs get tests into health care community

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A person in San Francisco is tested for the coronavirus
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March 13, 2020 - 9:19am

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The Trump administration on Friday announced new measures to increase coronavirus testing, amid concerns about a shortage of test kits for Americans who show signs of infection.

The Food and Drug Administration has reportedly created a 24-hour emergency hotline for laboratories struggling to get tests running, according to The Washington Post.

In addition, federal officials also reportedly announced that two companies trying to develop quick-result coronavirus tests will receive $1.3 million. Such tests could reportedly determine within an hour whether a person has been infected.