Supply shortage halts coronavirus testing at Salem clinics

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem Health has temporarily stopped coronavirus testing in three of its clinics and hospital emergency room because of a supply shortage. Salem Health said Wednesday evening that the medical group began outpatient testing for COVID-19 on March 16. Officials said in a news release that they must now preserve their kits and supplies for hospitalized patients. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the state’s emergency stockpile is quickly running out. The state has given out 100% of the gowns, 95% of the face shields and more than 80% of the N-95 respirators it had saved in state warehouses.