Nebraska sets up new lab, expects to add virus testing sites

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A nurse at a drive-thru location in Omaha, Neb., holds a swab as she prepares to administer a test for the coronavirus, Monday, May 4, 2020. Nebraska is ramping up testing for the virus as part of the TestNebraska initiative.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has opened a new lab to analyze the results of about 3,000 coronavirus tests per day and will launch more testing sites beyond the ones currently operating in Omaha and hard-hit Grand Island.

CHI Health St. Elizabeth in Lincoln will serve as the state’s new lab under the TestNebraska program, which state officials launched through a contract with a Utah startup.

Gov. Pete Ricketts says the lab will greatly expand the state’s testing capacity.

Nebraska officials want to conduct more tests to get a better sense of where the coronavirus is how quickly it’s spreading.

Governor Pete Ricketts held his daily COVID-19 press conference Tuesday to provide an update on Nebraska’s response to the virus. Watch a replay of the conference above or here.

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