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New Lab Matters: Building strong surveillance systems in public health laboratories

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Public health laboratories across the United States were consumed by COVID-19 diagnostic testing in the pandemic’s early months. But after clinical laboratories began to do most of the testing, and as more people tested themselves at home with rapid antigen tests, public health laboratories shifted from diagnostic to surveillance testing. As we discuss in our feature article, public health laboratories are developing new surveillance systems, taking advantage of new equipment and staff, and improving programs based on lessons learned from the pandemic.

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