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Arizona health officials to doctors: Discourage COVID-19 testing

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By Wissam Melhem | Arizona Mirror

Arizona is unlikely to have many drive-through COVID-19 testing sites, like this one in Arlington, Virginia, because state public health officials are telling doctors to discourage testing amid an ongoing shortage of tests in the state. /Photo by Drew Angerer /Getty Images

Arizona primary care providers are being told to discourage COVID-19 testing for most patients and to expect protective gear shortages, according to new guidelines issued Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

Related: Ducey orders increase in hospital beds to combat COVID-19

The guidelines, issued by AZDHS director Cara Christ, are the latest effort by the state to combat the coronavirus pandemic, with a real possibility that hospitals will soon be overwhelmed with patients. 

The new guidelines inform doctors and nurses that they should treat patients with respiratory conditions as if they have COVID-19 because of a lack of testing supplies. 


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