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COVID-19 tests arrive at South Dakota lab, testing to resume

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Published: Mar. 19, 2020 at 11:31 AM CDT
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Gov. Kristi Noem says South Dakota has obtained more supplies to run tests for COVID-19.

The state lab will be prioritizing tests for people deemed to be at high risk of the coronavirus.

The state Department of Health

initially said Thursday 402 tests are pending, but it later lowered that number to 385.

She hasn't said how many tests the lab will be able to run. The state halted testing after running low on the enzymes and reagents that are used for chemical analysis.

There is a nationwide shortage of those testing elements. South Dakota has had 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including one person who died. Noem says she expects more.

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