(NewsReady.com) – The federal government is enacting a controversial policy. Federally-supported COVID-19 testing sites will start closing by the end of the week. This is happening at the same time there are testing shortages across the country. However, upon further inspection, this was probably inevitable and isn’t all bad.
According to Health and Human Services (HHS) and FEMA, the testing program was intended as a stop-gap to provide testing in critical areas. It was never meant to be permanent and the project was a success. The states will now take over coronavirus testing.
However, not all areas are benefitting from the change. Places like southeastern Pennsylvania are expecting a surge of COVID-19 cases. However, they don’t have as many test kits as they’d like. States that need more resources are reaching out to hospitals for assistance.
On April 9, President Donald Trump said he has the utmost confidence in the American healthcare system.
Our great American medical system continues to go above and beyond the call of duty. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/g1MrRG8HYl
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 9, 2020
Putting testing capabilities into the hands of the states is for the best in the long run. The federal government is providing direct aid to governors and it wants to do more. By alleviating the burden of testing and placing responsibility on individual states, President Trump can focus on the bigger picture.
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