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Sen. McSally urges widespread testing to slow coronavirus spread

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PHOENIX – Widespread testing for the coronavirus should be implemented as soon as possible, U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona said Thursday.

“We need … a sense of who has it, on the spot, to include doctors and nurses, health care workers, nursing home staff,” McSally told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News.

The tests should be given before those workers go to their jobs, McSally said, “because now we know that the people who don’t have symptoms could be carrying and spreading the virus.”

Tests in development could provided a more targeted approach, the senator said.

McSally also said social distancing was working.

“If you look at what the experts are saying, that flattening the curve is making a difference, but we can’t take our foot off the gas,” McSally said.

“We need to social distance until we have vaccine.”

McSally is abiding by social distancing guidelines. She will host a telephone town hall on coronavirus starting at 3 p.m. Thursday (855-962-1520) with Larry Kudlow, the White House’s top economic adviser.

Earlier this month, the retired Air Force pilot suspended campaign fundraising for two weeks to focus on helping with the virus relief effort in the state.

She also donated her April paycheck to the Salvation Army in Arizona.

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