KCUR: Children's Mercy forced to limit COVID-19 testing, while infections reach record highs
By Carlos Moreno
Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City says it’s been forced to limit COVID-19 tests because a re-agent used in its testing platform was not delivered this week.
“It has caused a lot of havoc in our institution because we do about 5,000 tests a week,” said Dr. Jennifer Watts at Children’s Mercy. “And so we have had to drastically alter the tests that we are able to do.”
Starting Wednesday, Children’s Mercy says they will suspend COVID testing at emergency departments and urgent care facilities. Testing will be limited to clinical employees, pre-procedural patients and admitted patients.
Dr. Watts said she didn’t know when the re-agent would be delivered or when they would be able to resume their regular testing routines.
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