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After initial stumble, Oregon prepares to ramp up testing of possible coronavirus cases

Staffers work together at the Oregon Health Authority’s Agency Operations Center in response to Coronavirus cases occurring in the state.(Jonathan House/Pamplin Media Group)

PORTLAND — The state of Oregon is prepared for a rapid increase in testing for COVID-19 should federal authorities, rattled by a rocky start, expand the criteria of who should be tested.

Last week, the Oregon Health Authority received 1,500 kits to test for the novel coronavirus, replacing kits that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered produced erroneous results.

Oregon now has the capacity to run 80 tests per day and has received commitment from the CDC for more test kits as needed. Testing is the only way to determine presence of the coronavirus. The CDC said it has the capacity to test 75,000 people nationwide.

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