Scientists at the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory are using a new machine that can sequence the virus's entire genome to help track the movement of the virus in Nebraska and watch for mutations.
Dr. Gary Anthone, the state's chief medical officer, said the strain could lead to an increase in hospitalizations, and that’s why officials are concerned about it.
For a time, the Nebraska Public Health Department was testing five samples for the coronavirus at once. If that batch came back positive, technicians would test each of the samples individually. The researchers found that the method could result in using more than 50% fewer tests on average than if the lab tested samples individually.
Back in March, Peter Iwen faced a serious shortage of the chemicals needed to run tests for the novel coronavirus.
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