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Hassan calls for increased testing for COVID-19

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Published: Apr. 28, 2020 at 5:22 PM EDT
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New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan is calling on the Trump administration to create a national strategy to increase testing for the coronavirus.

The United States has conducted more than 5.6 million tests.

However, Hassan says the country has to significantly ramp up that number to include testing for people without symptoms. She says the tests are needed to accurately prepare for and respond to the next outbreak.

It comes as New Hampshire announced five new testing sites across the state.

"So what is concerning right now is that the White House keeps saying that this is all up to the states. And while yes, the state public health structure will oversee within each state where the testing is done and can coordinate with the federal government, about what kind of supplies they do and don't have, ultimately we need a coordinated strategy," said Hassan, D-New Hampshire.

But she says there is a lot to look forward to.

"Lift the stay at home restrictions, reengage in the economy. Get our kids back to school and begin to see each other in person again. But, we are going to come out on the other side of this and be our usual strong and resilient selves. We will have learned from this and then we will move forward," said Hassan.

She says that it's important the country continues to focus on working together to get through the current crisis.

Hassan is a member of a bipartisan congressional task force to advise the president on reopening the economy. She says any effort to ease restrictions needs to be accompanied by robust testing.

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