Without state’s help, OSU lab found its own way to help COVID-19 testing

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Specialists at Oregon State University’s veterinary laboratory figured they could help the state ramp up testing for coronavirus. They run a sophisticated facility with state-of-the-art testing equipment, and they’re experts at diagnostics and tracking viruses.

But they couldn’t just start running COVID-19 tests. They faced a tangle of red tape. 

So they approached the Oregon Health Authority, and a lawmaker contacted Gov. Kate Brown’s office for help. That led nowhere. The authority did not give them any support, and Brown’s office did not follow up with them, according to interviews and documents . . .