Public health laboratories in the United States play a vital role in identifying and responding to an emerging disease, such as COVID-19. They implement tests early on to identify and characterize the pathogen. If a novel pathogen begins to circulate in the U.S., reference and hospital laboratories develop testing capabilities to serve as high-throughput clinical diagnostic laboratories. Public health laboratories have limited capacity to scale up the volume of testing. Their role is to support public health efforts, including surveillance and outbreak investigations.
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