Today in a news conference, Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said states can now begin testing for COVID-19 using CDC test kits that employ two reagents instead of three.

Messonnier said the Food and Drug Administration has okayed the use of test kits with two reagents, and she said positive tests will be verified by the CDC.

“We expect all states will be doing testing by the end of next week,” Messonnier said. She also said that by next week, six US flu surveillance sites will also begin testing for COVID-19, in an effort to cast a wider net on the novel coronavirus, which has spread to 53 countries since it was first identified in Wuhan, China, less than 3 month ago.

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