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Supply Problems Force Missouri to Temporarily Halt COVID-19 Rapid Testing Reorders for Schools

A sign indicating a COVID-19 testing site is displayed inside a parking garage in West Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Missourinet) Supply problems have forced Missouri to temporarily stop taking reorders for COVID-19 rapid tests it distributes to the state’s K-12 schools. State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Spokeswoman Mallory McGowin says there is a limited supply of tests nationwide at a time when the demand has increased. She says Missouri has not received a shipment of rapid tests in several weeks….

As an alternative, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has saliva-based tests that deliver results within 48 hours, instead of the typical 15 minutes. Schools can also look for other testing options in their communities.

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