Health officials warn NYC could run out of virus test swabs

Kimberly Dole
April 13, 2020 - 11:17 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City's health department says the city is in danger of running out of swabs used for COVID-19 tests and should only test hospitalized patients according to a memo sent to health care providers over the weekend.

    "As the swab supply continues to decline, there is a real possibility hospitals will completely run out,'' the health alert said. "At this time, providers are reminded to only test hospitalized patients in order to preserve resources that are needed to diagnose and appropriately manage patients with more severe illness.''

    City officials have repeatedly pleaded with the federal government to provide widespread testing in order to move to a containment phase in the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.