The Health and Human Services Department announced Thursday evening that it will no longer end support for community-based COVID-19 coronavirus testing sites on Friday, as originally planned. "The federal government is not abandoning any of the community-based test sites," said Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health. Instead, local authorities can decide whether to shift to running the testing sites themselves, as HHS had envisioned, or continue getting federal supplies and other assistance. After a late, botched start, U.S. labs are processing thousands of coronavirus tests a day, but there is still a critical shortage of testing supplies and long waits for results around the country.

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