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Omahans frustrated by lack of testing

Available tests limited for now
Posted at 6:19 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 19:19:14-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Both Governor Pete Ricketts and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said Monday that plans for drive-thru coronavirus testing is in the works. There would still be a screening process to prioritize patients.

But for now, it's not so easy.

As of Monday, just 188 tests had been given in Nebraska. Nearly one in ten have returned positive.

"We had, last week, I think altogether, about a thousand calls on our hotline," Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said at Monday mooring's press conference. "Over the weekend we had calls go to 211, and those lines were full."

The state health department prioritizes hospitalized patients with COVID-19 symptoms and symptomatic people who are high risk.