Cities across the country are facing what The New York Times describes as a COVID-19 "testing crisis," even as the United States has massively increased the number of tests conducted daily. The issues stem from three main problems: "a shortage of certain supplies, backlogs at laboratories that process the tests, and skyrocketing growth" in COVID-19 cases. One New Orleans testing site reportedly ran out of tests just five minutes after opening its doors and had to turn people away, while in Phoenix, some people have had to wait eight hours to get tested. Certain cities, including San Antonio and Austin, are responding to increased demand by only testing people with symptoms — a return to limitations enforced early in the pandemic — even though asymptomatic testing is considered a key to controlling the spread of the virus.
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