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Improvements in testing needed

People infected with COVID-19 can recover — or, of course, experience life-threatening illness — within 10-14 days after becoming infected. What good, then, is a test for the disease if results are not obtainable for 10 days or more?

Precious little, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday, adding “It’s almost like, well, why do the report?”

Delays in returning COVID-19 test results were among the topics discussed during the governor’s press conference on Monday. Testing laboratories are the bottleneck.

Justice and state Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said efforts are being made to augment testing capacity. State officials are seeking more test processing equipment and qualified people to operate it.

Good. That needs to be made a crash campaign. With the epidemic appearing to gain strength in West Virginia, expedited test results may be a matter of life and death.

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