Good news for Nevadans.
Federal regulators will allow Nevada to develop and conduct its own testing for the coronavirus disease COVID-19, according to state officials.
The Food and Drug Administration says Nevada is one of three states that will be responsible for newly developed test kits and kit components, the Nevada Health Response team said in a statement Tuesday.
This development will increase the capacity to test for the coronavirus, the Health Response team says.
“This means that when labs in Nevada do validation studies on products to determine whether they are effective prior to launching testing, they can submit their findings to the state, not the FDA, for approval,” Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said in a statement.
“This is a much faster process. By the end of next week, we should have data on novel products for testing that should increase testing capacity considerably,” he said.
The news does not everyone will be able to get tested immediately, state officials say, but health care providers can have more accessibility to test those with serious symptoms, vulnerable people and health care workers who might have come into contact with the virus.
“I am proud that Nevada has taken this step and I commend our labs for their ongoing work to bring peace of mind to Nevadans through testing for COVID-19,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said.
Being proactive is a good thing in this situation.