State health authorities say they don't have enough tests

Roughly 9,000 tests have been administered in the U.S. since coronavirus first appeared stateside, while the South Korea government has given more than 200,000.
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Tonight, frustration growing over testing for the virus in the U.S. The vice president promising 4 million tests by the end of this week. But Steve osunsami at the CDC with a reality check. Reporter: This is how they're handling the need for coronavirus tests in Colorado -- setting up drive-throughs to get people tested. But they still don't have enough for everyone. And you need a doctor's note to get one. All across the country, state health authorities say they don't have enough tests. The white house is saying that there's plenty. When people need a test, they can get a test. When the professionals need to test more people, they can get the tests. Over a million tests are out, thanks to the diligent work of CDC and HHS. More than 4 million will go out this week. Reporter: In Massachusetts they've declared a state of emergency. And Dr. Todd ellerin says he believes he has patients there who are sick with the coronavirus, but says he has no way to test them. Right now, we're really limited. And the demand for testing far outweighs what the state's capacity is. Reporter: In China, the W.H.O. Says the government has given out 300,000 tests. In South Korea, the government says they've administered more than 200,000 tests. But here in America, about 9,000 tests have been administered since the coronavirus first appeared stateside. New York state is gonna take matters into its own hands. We can't just wait anymore. It's compounding the problem. Reporter: State health aauthorities say there are not enough people, resources, or laboratories to process the amount of tests they're expecting to come in.

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