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Idaho receives coronavirus COVID-19 test kits

Test kits for the COVID-19 coronavirus have now arrived in Idaho.

Up until the beginning of February, only the U.S. Center for Disease Control had the ability to verify if a patient had contracted the new virus, which is has killed roughly 2,000 people as of Feb. 18, mostly in China.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare spokesman Niki Forbing-Orr told the Idaho Business Review that the CDC COVID-19 test kits had been received by the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories. This gives Idaho public health officials the ability to test for the virus without the delay of sending the test samples to the CDC in Atlanta.

“The CDC has provided us with over 700 test kits,” Forbing-Orr said.

When asked if any had been used yet, she commented that she did not know of any potential cases of the COVID-19 virus in Idaho as of Feb. 10.

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