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Phoenix Mayor: FEMA Denied Requests for Coronavirus Test Site

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Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 July 2020 10:36 AM

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said multiple requests to add a large-scale coronavirus testing site in the city have been denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, AZ Central reports.

Gallego said she put in a request for a drive-through testing site in April, but was told that Phoenix’s virus case count was too low for a large-scale testing site.

But as coronavirus cases soar in the city, she said her request still has been met with resistance.

“They said they're trying to get away from that type of testing site ... and they don't want to open any new ones," she said of FEMA’s response to the testing site ask.

Gallego said the state’s recent surge in cases demands more testing. She said there were hours-long lines to get tested over the weekend.

"These are people who are feeling sick and miserable and dehydrated to begin with and we want to be able to get them tested," she told AZ Central.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office and state Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ told the publication that FEMA is helping with COVID-19 support in other ways. 

Christ said Arizona was awarded one of the 13 drive-through sites set up throughout the country. It was used for the Navajo Nation, which was rampaged by the pandemic ahead of the rest of the state, she said.

She added that FEMA has been trying to encourage local partners, like pharmacies, to help with testing. She said the state is working to increase its testing capacity. 

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Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said multiple requests to add a large-scale coronavirus testing site in the city have been denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, AZ Central reports.
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