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Emergency Virus Testing Contractors Needed, CDC Says

July 2, 2020, 4:30 PM

The Trump administration is seeking a private company that can send emergency response teams to collect samples and test people for Covid-19, according to the General Services Administration website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it’s seeking proposals from potential contractors that could create teams to work independently or with the agency to collect samples from patients, process the test, and report the results. A contract would still need to be negotiated and signed before it’s final.

The CDC is willing to spend up to $30 million over the next 12 months on this contract. The examples given for the use of this emergency response team were to go into Nebraska and New Mexico nursing homes and test patients and staff.

Federal officials are working on “surge testing” in states that are seeing spikes in cases. However, some labs are already near capacity, delaying test results.

To contact the reporter on this story: Shira Stein in Washington at sstein@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fawn Johnson at fjohnson@bloomberglaw.com; Andrew Childers at achilders@bloomberglaw.com

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