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Getting Answers: When will coronavirus testing be widely available?

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As the coronavirus spreads, more people will need testing. But hospitals continue to suffer shortages in equipment required for testing.

We asked health experts about what they're doing to make widespread testing more available and what you should expect if you need a test.

UW Health's Chief Quality Officer Dr. Jeff Pothof tells 27 News he expects hospitals to have the ability to test more patients soon.

"The supply chain for testing supplies seems to be improving," Pothof said. "We're doing some testing here at UW Health. Our supply chain isn't robust at this point, but we haven't run out of supplies either. It seems that as time goes on, that supply chain is catching up, and I think what you'll see is once we have adequate testing supplies the restrictions on testing will go away and we'll be able to test more people."

The CDC recommends people who are experiencing severe symptoms, like trouble breathing, seek medical care. You should always call your doctor before going to the hospital.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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