Lack of COVID-19 testing kits ‘a great barrier’ for Lincoln hospitals
Officials said they'd like to do more tests, but they have limited access to reagents and testing supplies.
A lack of testing kits remains one of the biggest hurdles for Lincoln physicians working to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
A group of Bryan Heath officials provided an update on testing during a virtual news conference Friday morning.
Officials said they’d like to do more tests, but they have limited access to reagents and testing supplies. The hope is that access will increase in the coming weeks. As of Friday, Bryan had conducted roughly 20 tests.
While no cases have been confirmed in Lincoln or Lancaster County, officials said they “believe it is here” and that there will be a spike in cases. Preparations for such a surge are being made now. Officials did say one person at Bryan is in isolation and is a “presumptive positive.” That person is not in critical condition.
In the meantime, they encouraged residents to act as though the coronavirus was already present and practice proper hygiene techniques and social distancing. By doing so, the spread of the disease can be limited.
Other highlights from the conference included:
- Doctors can perform tests on dead people. One such test was conducted at Bryan and came up negative.
- Hospitals are also running low on tests for other illnesses like the flu
- Bryan is still working with vendors to get its drive-thru testing operational