Request Line: (870) 277-1080 [email protected]
Text Your Gift to KLEK1 to 44-321 LEARN MORE

Your Community Radio Station is possible thanks to this supporter!  Become an underwriter.

Arkansas Delegation Urges Action to Ensure Adequate Supply of COVID-19 Testing Reagents

Written by Press Release

July 13, 2020

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—urged the White House Coronavirus Task Force to take action to ensure an adequate supply of reagents for COVID-19 testing, particularly as the infection rate is rising in states like Arkansas and more testing is necessary. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, chairman of the task force, Arkansas members detailed challenges facing testing capacity in the state.

“Recently, we were advised that a reference lab used by many Arkansas hospitals has cancelled their testing contracts due to a lack of sufficient testing reagents. Likewise, Arkansas hospitals have had their internal testing capacity limited to ten percent of their machines’ and staff’s ability to run tests due to a lack of reagents,” members wrote.

This has created an immediate dilemma for the state’s testing requirement before elective procedures, and also raises concerns about the general ability to ramp up testing as the infection rate increases. 

The following is the letter to Vice President Pence or you can read it here:

Thank you for your leadership and service to our country during this challenging health crisis. We write to you today to request that you take all necessary action to ensure adequate reagent supply availability, particularly as the COVID-19 infection rate is beginning to rise in states like Arkansas and more testing is necessary. 

Recently, we were advised that a reference lab used by many Arkansas hospitals has cancelled their testing contracts due to a lack of sufficient testing reagents. Likewise, Arkansas hospitals have had their internal testing capacity limited to ten percent of their machines’ and staff’s ability to run tests due to a lack of reagents. 

With the cancellation of the aforementioned testing contracts, Arkansas has reached a critical point. The state now is having to make the difficult decision of whether to adhere to its requirements for COVID-19 tests 48 hours before elective procedures or eliminate this testing requirement. Adhering to the 48-hour rule likely will lead to the cancellation of most elective procedures, while eliminating it will mean that medical professionals must assume that the patient has COVID-19 causing the medical professionals to utilize PPE at a rate faster than necessary. Either option puts Arkansans at risk. 

As our nation has quickly built and accelerated our testing capacity, the transformation of our testing infrastructure has been tremendously successful thanks to the hard work of the administration and the nation’s governors and public health departments. Now, our testing infrastructure is approaching the point where our ability to perform tests outpaces the supply of the necessary testing reagents. Therefore, we request that you take the necessary action to bolster the nation’s supply of testing reagents to ensure that these strides in testing can continue.

We appreciate all of your efforts to keep Arkansans and Americans safe and healthy throughout this pandemic. Thank you for your consideration of this request and please let us know if you require any additional resources from Congress to address this matter.

Original article source: https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2020/7/arkansas-delegation-urges-action-to-ensure-adequate-supply-of-covid-19-testing-reagents | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council

0 0 vote
Article Rating

Related Articles

Fighting Hunger During a Pandemic Now Even More of a Team Effort

The pandemic has shown once again the resiliency, generosity and creativity of Arkansans. Despite coronavirus-imposed physical separation, we know we are stronger together. This has been clearly revealed in the amazing Read more

Boozman Joins Cotton to Introduce Iran Sanctions Resolution

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and 44 other members of Congress introduced a resolution to oppose lifting sanctions on Iran. The members released the following statement after introduction:“The United Read more

Members of Arkansas Delegation Announce DOT Awards

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford and Steve Womack—announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded over $4.5 million in federal grants to airports Read more

Boozman, Tester Spearhead Bipartisan Legislation Reinstating Vets Representation in Disability Claims Process

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced bipartisan legislation to reinstate a critical rule allowing veterans and their representatives 48 hours to review and dispute Read more

Comments

Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Your Community Radio Station is possible thanks to this supporter!  Become an underwriter.

Pin It on Pinterest