Need for specimens to sequence for variants

The Oklahoma State Health Department is operating under the assumption that most if not all of a recent bump in cases is attributable to COVID variants, but the agency’s understanding of to what extent and where the variants are spreading is limited, at best, due to a scarcity of samples to sequence.

The Health Department put out a call to labs, health care providers and hospitals asking that they send more positive tests to be sequenced for variant identification.

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