A test for COVID‑19 in Illinois has been postponed until next week, the state health department announced Monday.
The decision follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement that its testing was halted because of a lack of virus detection data, a day after a state health official told lawmakers it was still unclear how many cases the virus was causing.
The state’s Public Health Department said in a statement Monday that it will defer testing until Wednesday because of lack of data.
The state health commissioner’s office had also told lawmakers the testing was “unprecedented” and had a potential impact on public health.
Bruce Rauner, who is a physician, said in January that testing would resume after the state had collected data.
He said the state would not have enough data to measure the impact on the state’s health system.
IllusHealth said it had previously been testing for coronave virus on Monday.
It said the test will take place during normal business hours.
The agency said that since the state did not have a data set, it was unable to determine how many people would have tested positive for COV-19.
“The test is being rescheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 10, at 11:00 a.m.
CT,” the agency said in the statement.
“This is the second test of the COVID test and we are pleased to report that all samples have been tested.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.