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5/6/09

City of Lubbock Health Department scales back on Swine Flu testing

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock Health Department decided Wednesday, it will scale back on its testing for Swine Flu. Despite a heavy inflow of samples, the lab is cutting back hours because the state changed its approach to the virus yesterday, saying it is not as dangerous as once feared.

The past 10 days the two people certified to test the samples worked 18 to 20 hour days. Now, they will work normal work hours. "We're going to continue to test and be very steady about it, but we won't be probably working as long of hours. We're going to cut back and still try to get 40 tests done a day, but there may be some days we only get 20 just to try to get on to a normal, everyday pace," said Nancy Haney with the Lubbock Health Department.

As of Wednesday morning the testing lab received 484 samples to test, and completed 252 of those. They estimate it could take about six weeks to catch up.

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