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Wyoming limits coronavirus testing due to supply shortage

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Posted at 7:31 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 10:59:27-04

The Wyoming Department of Health says it is running so low on supplies they are being forced to cut back on testing.

The state's Public Health Laboratory will now only test people who fall under certain categories.

Tests will be reserved for the following people:

- Hospitalized patients

- Patients OR staff IN nursing homes, assisted living facilities

- Healthcare workers and first responders

- People over 65 or with underlying health conditions

- People who have close contact with people who are over 65 or who have underlying health conditions

- Pregnant women

"We are hopeful the supply situation will improve, but in the meantime we must ensure timely testing is available when it can make the most difference to help our most critical needs," Wyoming's health officer said in a press release.

Wyoming healthcare providers have been asked to send samples fro other patients to private laboratories.

Currently, Wyoming has 153 cases of COVID-19. The state has reported no deaths from the disease.

Laramie County has the highest number of cases with 37.

The state health department said just over 7 percent of patients have been hospitalized.

Click here for more information from the Wyoming Department of Health.