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Rep. Huizenga: 'Better coordination has to happen' with COVID-19 testing


United States Representative Bill Huizenga (R) hosted a telephone town hall Friday morning to address the COVID-19 pandemic, as a number of nervous callers asked the same question: when will things go back to normal?

“There is no direct answer to that,” Huizenga said. “We don’t know, because it depends what this spike in cases looks like.”

Huizenga was addressing the alarming rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan, as health officials say, the number jumped from 80 to 334 by the end of the day Thursday.

Friday morning, Huizenga, who represents Michigan’s 2nd District, told frustrated callers during his telephone townhall that, he too, is growing impatient at the lack of adequate testing for the virus.

“Better coordination has to happen,” Huizenga said. “Literally the state can’t tell us how many tests are in the state,” he said.

Huizenga also said its unclear how the Stimulus Package would affect small businesses in the 2nd district, many who have been forced to shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2nd District includes all of Lake, Oceana, Newago, Muskegon, Ottawa counties as well as portions of Kent, Allegan and Mason.

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