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WATCH: White House holds news briefing on coronavirus, jobless numbers

WASHINGTON — U.S. health regulators approved the first saliva-based coronavirus test that allows people to collect their own sample at home.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a news briefing on Friday, during which she addressed the latest unemployment surge, as well as news that an aide to Vice President Mike Pence is infected with the coronavirus. Watch her remarks in the player above.

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The new at-home option is expected to expand use of the test developed by Rutgers University, which the Food and Drug Administration first authorized last month. People can use the plastic tube at home to provide a saliva sample and ship it to a laboratory for processing.

The test will be available through a New Jersey network of hospitals and testing sites affiliated with Rutgers. Initially, the government limited the test to health care facilities and testing sites with professional supervision.

Wide-scale testing is considered essential to containing the spread of COVID-19 and safely reopening businesses and schools. But many states are still struggling to reach the testing levels recommended by health experts.

The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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