NEW YORK – New coronaviruses tests are coming into Florida and other states, but the state is already grappling with its own health challenges, including the growing toll of COVID-19.
Now, some states are taking the first steps toward creating their own coronaviral tests, even as they have not yet passed legislation to do so.
But there is little consensus on how to proceed, and state officials have clashed with the federal government, which is negotiating with the states on how they can proceed.
State officials in Texas, Mississippi and Kansas say they will not use the tests.
That leaves the state scrambling to figure out how to implement them and make sure it has the resources it needs to carry them out.
The state is grappling with the growing number of people infected and with the cost of caring for the sick, and has faced calls to expand screening to cover people who are vaccinated, which would be more costly.
The new tests are already available for the elderly, people with certain chronic conditions, and people who have not been vaccinated.
Florida already has been testing adults and young children for coronavids, and some states have expanded testing to include older adults and children.
But many states, including Texas, are not testing children.
In Florida, the state Health Department will require tests for adults ages 21 and older on a quarterly basis starting Oct. 1, after testing for adults is completed.
And in most states, the testing is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, so some tests will be taken before others.
The tests will provide details about the viral load, the amount of virus circulating in the body, and the person’s temperature and other symptoms.
They will not provide a person’s current status, such as whether the person is infected or not.
The Department of Health and Human Services will provide information on how the tests work.
State health officials say they expect to have the results by late October.
But the state will also need to create and administer its own coronivirus testing labs, and to have access to them from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has been negotiating with state and local officials on how best to test them.
In addition to the tests, the federal agency has also agreed to provide training to state health officials on the new technology.
Some states, such As part of its efforts to contain the virus, the CDC has also been working with private laboratories to test people.
But in many cases, private labs can test only for a few types of viruses, such COVID and H5N1.
The virus is spread primarily through contact with blood or bodily fluids, such a nose or throat, and in people who work in nursing homes, which are often not equipped to test for coroniviruses.
The CDC and private laboratories are working to find ways to make those tests work together.
“We want to make sure that we have the best tools that we can to help ensure that we’re testing for every disease, including coronavides,” said Dr. Gregory Reitz, director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, in a news briefing Tuesday.
“But at the same time, we have to have an appropriate approach and a way to work with the private labs so we can make sure they have access.”
A few states have already approved the use of COVIS-19 testing, but others, such Texas, have not.
Texas and Mississippi both have approved the new tests for use in public schools, but officials in both states have not seen any results from the new testing.
Many people will likely be tested first.
Some schools in Texas have said they will start allowing the tests on Oct. 14.
But some school districts have said that is too soon.
“In some cases, you don’t know if it’s going to work, but it’s probably going to be too soon,” said Rick Mims, the president of the Texas Independent School District, which serves about 100,000 students.
Some state and county health departments have said the new COVID tests will likely help reduce the number of new infections in the state, but some health experts say the tests will not be enough to fully eliminate the threat.
“I would argue that you don.t need a coronavide test for 100 percent of the people in the country,” said Andrew N. Johnson, a virologist at the University of Minnesota, who was not involved in the new development of COV-19 tests.
“You only need to be in a particular geographic area, which may be Texas or Mississippi, and there’s a high correlation with coronavaleses.”
Some states have begun testing adults who are in the early stages of the virus and in high-risk settings, such jails or nursing homes.
Some are considering requiring testing for people with