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Oregon to double Covid testing capacity with influx of tests from federal government

A Covid-19 test swab is packaged up to be tested during a free drive-through testing clinic in Woodburn in August. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregon will soon receive tens of thousands of additional coronavirus tests weekly from the federal government, allowing the state to test far more people and respond quickly to new outbreaks.

But Gov. Kate Brown and state health officials cautioned more testing alone would not be enough to reopen Oregon’s schools and said health precautions like wearing a mask and avoiding large gatherings remain essential . . .