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Testing labs of all stripes are also facing worker shortages just like restaurants.

While COVID testing is much easier to come by than it was early in the pandemic, the ability to get a test — and timely results — can vary widely nationwide, with a fragmented testing system, complicated logistics, technician burnout and spikes in demand contributing to the delays. Read more»

A machine at the UW Medicine Virology laboratory in Seattle extracts genetic material called RNA from patient samples to allow the analysis of potential COVID-19 cases on March 11.

After a slow start, testing for COVID-19 has ramped up in recent weeks, with giant commercial labs jumping into the effort, drive-up testing sites established in some places and new types of tests approved under emergency rules set by the Food and Drug Administration. Read more»