Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday announced the state has entered into its first contract to obtain 20,000 testing kits.
The contract, with Quest Diagnostics, will deliver 5,000 kits immediately.
Brown said the announcement shows that the state is expending testing capacity, but it will be gradual. She said the initial priorities will be health care workers and people in group care facilities, to limit the spread. "Every Oregonian won't be able to be tested immediately," she said.
Her chief of staff, Nik Blosser, said details of how the testing kits will be deployed will come out soon.
He said the state has already been receiving test results from Lab Corp. He said health systems will likely be rolling out their own testing capacity within the next few days, and possibly starting today.
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