The Department of Public Health and Social Services on Saturday received 200 additional COVID-19 test kits.
Although DPHSS has requested additional test kits from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) multiple times, this is a demand the CDC is receiving from health departments throughout the nation and supply is currently low.
Following CDC guidelines, DPHSS has implemented testing criteria that takes this national shortage of testing kits into account.
DPHSS is actively developing contingency plans to increase the amount and frequency of testing. These plans include using certified COVID-19 tests from other countries and from public and private labs in Hawaii and California.
As of March 20, there are 91 public health laboratories offering testing throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam.