New York City has reported the government-issued tests are faulty and "cannot be relied upon to provide an accurate result."
"Testing for coronavirus is not available yet in New York City," city Department of Health spokeswoman Stephanie Buhle told ProPublica. "The kits that were sent to us have demonstrated performance issues and cannot be relied upon to provide an accurate result."
The test was developed by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention earlier in February. This genetic test was sent out to 100 state and city labs, in addition to overseas sites.
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Reports indicate, though, that fewer than a dozen labs have produced definite results when using the test. Only the CDC and labs in Illinois, Idaho, Tennessee, California, Nevada, and Nebraska were able to run tests.
New York state and New York City are now moving forward to develop their own coronavirus test.