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Survey: Nation’s hospitals lack access to COVID-19 testing supplies

Hospitals across the country are experiencing a widespread lack of access to COVID-19 testing supplies, according to a survey from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The survey, conducted through phone interviews with 323 hospital administrators throughout the nation from March 23 to March 27, is intended to help federal and state agencies adapt to the short- and long-term implications hospitals are facing during this crisis.

In addition to a lack of testing supplies, hospitals are experiencing a delay in receiving COVID-19 test results, the survey reports.

Securing personal protective equipment also continues to be a problem, as well as the conflicting guidance in how to use the PPEs.

The report also found that hospitals are facing financial challenges because of cutbacks in elective procedures, which accounts for a substantial portion of their revenue.  Overall, hospitals are seeking more support from the federal government to help manage their finances.

The full report can be read here.

Dawn Ouellette Nixon

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