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DeFazio Says Widespread Rapid Testing Key To Fully Re-opening Economy

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, thinks the key to re-opening the economy as soon as possible will be widespread, rapid testing.

The Springfield Democrat said during a telephone town hall Monday that the tests could benefit everything from airline passengers to school students. “There are tests that are out there, that can tell you results in ten minutes, but they aren’t widely available," he said. "We need hundreds of millions of those tests and then we could get back more quickly to regular society.”

DeFazio said he returned to his Oregon district Sunday but is in ongoing talks with Congressional leaders about a possible stimulus package to help the nation deal with the pandemic. He said he'll return to Washington in order to take the vote, if one is scheduled.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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