Gizmodo: Covid-19 Test Results Frequently Taking Over a Week and Only Getting Longer

Gizmodo: Covid-19 Test Results Frequently Taking Over a Week and Only Getting Longer. “Quest Diagnostics, the largest private medical testing company in the U.S., released a letter on Monday warning that the average wait time for non-emergency coronavirus test results is currently at least seven days. The really scary part: Quest says wait times aren’t going to get any shorter while the U.S. continues to have the worst covid-19 outbreak in the world.”

Vox: Covid-19 testing in the US is abysmal. Again.

Vox: Covid-19 testing in the US is abysmal. Again.. “Covid-19 testing in the US improved dramatically over the first half of 2020, but things now appear to be breaking down once more as coronavirus cases rise and outstrip capacity — to the point that the mayor of a major American city can’t get testing quickly enough to potentially avoid spreading the virus.”

AZ Central: Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego says federal government denied requests for COVID-19 testing help

AZ Central: Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego says federal government denied requests for COVID-19 testing help. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied multiple requests for a mega-COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix, according to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. Gallego said her office asked FEMA to implement a large-scale, drive-thru testing site — as they’ve done in other cities, including Houston — multiple times since the earliest days of the novel coronavirus pandemic. She said her initial request came in April, but federal government officials told her that Phoenix’s case numbers were not high enough to merit that infrastructure. Now that Arizona has surpassed 100,000 known COVID-19 cases and is nearing 2,000 deaths, Gallego asked the federal government again.”

KETV: Douglas County COVID-19 test site in South Omaha closed due to national supply shortages for labs

KETV: Douglas County COVID-19 test site in South Omaha closed due to national supply shortages for labs. “As the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) works to find new testing materials, a national supply shortage forced health officials to shut down their testing site in South Omaha. DCHD said it comes down to priority — labs in communities with surging case counts of COVID-19 get more supplies. That means the site at 50th and G streets is out of luck.”

New York Times: Months Into Virus Crisis, U.S. Cities Still Lack Testing Capacity

New York Times: Months Into Virus Crisis, U.S. Cities Still Lack Testing Capacity. “Lines for coronavirus tests have stretched around city blocks and tests ran out altogether in at least one site on Monday, new evidence that the country is still struggling to create a sufficient testing system months into its battle with Covid-19.”

Chapelboro: UNC Not Requiring COVID-19 Testing Upon Students’ Return, Citing ‘False Sense of Security’

Chapelboro: UNC Not Requiring COVID-19 Testing Upon Students’ Return, Citing ‘False Sense of Security’. “In the first weekly update on the implementation of the Carolina Roadmap for Fall 2020, Provost Bob Blouin shared details on how the campus community can be tested for the coronavirus, as well as new required public health guidelines. In Thursday’s update and a message to students and faculty the previous week, university leadership said it will not be testing every member of the community upon their return to campus. Citing advice from health experts and the Centers for Disease Control, the update said widespread, asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 may lead to ‘a false sense of security’ at the university.”

NPR: As Coronavirus Surges, How Much Testing Does Your State Need To Subdue The Virus?

NPR: As Coronavirus Surges, How Much Testing Does Your State Need To Subdue The Virus?. “The coronavirus keeps spreading around the United States. New hot spots are emerging and heating up by the day. The death toll keeps mounting. So how can the U.S. beat back the relentless onslaught of this deadly virus? Public health experts agree on one powerful weapon that’s gotten a lot of attention but apparently still needs a lot more: testing.”

Washington Post: As cases surge, lines for coronavirus tests sometimes stretch miles in the summer heat

Washington Post: As cases surge, lines for coronavirus tests sometimes stretch miles in the summer heat. “Surging cases of the coronavirus across the Sun Belt are sparking unprecedented demand for testing, with lines stretching miles in the summer heat, supplies running out and medical workers left exhausted. Supply-chain issues that hampered testing from the beginning of the pandemic have improved but not ended, even as many states opened sites that require no appointment or referral.”

MLive: Free Michigan coronavirus testing easy to locate with state’s new website

MLive: Free Michigan coronavirus testing easy to locate with state’s new website. “After visiting the state’s new coronavirus test site locator website, simply enter your city or ZIP code and how far you are willing to travel. The new tool will generate a list of available testing sites with the location’s criteria for testing. Users may also check various boxes based on their personal situation, such as if they are not insured, require free testing, aren’t exhibiting symptoms or don’t have a testing prescription from a doctor.”

Bloomberg: Virus Testing Shortfalls Cause Lines to Build in Hard-Hit States

Bloomberg: Virus Testing Shortfalls Cause Lines to Build in Hard-Hit States. “The U.S. is again grappling with a shortfall of testing that has hobbled the nation since the pandemic’s early weeks, and now threatens to further undermine containment efforts at a crucial moment. In new hot spots like Arizona, Texas and Florida, where Covid-19 is rapidly spreading, lines for testing extend outside of urgent-care offices and other sites. Two high-school football stadiums in Houston regularly hit capacity by mid-morning and have to turn people away.”

CBS News: Trump administration to stop funding 13 COVID community test sites

CBS News: Trump administration to stop funding 13 COVID community test sites. “The Trump administration is ending federal funding of 13 coronavirus community-based test sites in five states on June 30, a senior Health and Human Services Department official told CBS News, after having extended the funding once because states said they were not prepared to take over the sites. The HHS official stated that the administration isn’t ‘defunding’ or ‘closing’ federal testing sites — the money was provided to states through the Paycheck Protection Program to fund their testing efforts.”

Washington Post: CDC coronavirus test kits were likely contaminated, federal review confirms

Washington Post: CDC coronavirus test kits were likely contaminated, federal review confirms. “The test kits for detecting the nation’s earliest cases of the novel coronavirus failed because of ‘likely’ contamination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose scientists did not thoroughly check the kits despite ‘anomalies’ during manufacturing, according to a new federal review. The review, conducted by two Department of Health and Human Services lawyers, also said there was ‘time pressure’ at the CDC to launch testing, and ‘lab practices that may have been insufficient to prevent the risk of contamination.’ The lawyers, from the department’s general counsel’s office, were not named.”

AL .com: Birmingham schools, housing authority cut ties with Church of the Highlands

AL. com: Birmingham schools, housing authority cut ties with Church of the Highlands. “Hodges and Christ Health Clinic’s CEO responded today to the Birmingham Housing Authority banning the church and clinic because of a controversy over Hodges liking social media posts by the politically conservative group Turning Point USA. The services provided by Christ Health Clinic included free COVID-19 testing for residents of Birmingham public housing. The Housing Authority of Birmingham Division voted on Monday to no longer allow church volunteers and clinic workers to do work at public housing communities.”

Connecting Vets: ‘We’re not there yet’ with COVID-19 tests for staff, VA leaders tell Congress

Connecting Vets: ‘We’re not there yet’ with COVID-19 tests for staff, VA leaders tell Congress. “On May 28, Department of Veterans Affairs officials told House lawmakers VA had ‘adequate testing’ and employees could get tested, too. Less than a week later, VA leaders would say the opposite.”

Phys .org: Researchers develop experimental rapid COVID-19 test using nanoparticle technique

Phys .org: Researchers develop experimental rapid COVID-19 test using nanoparticle technique. “Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) developed an experimental diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can visually detect the presence of the virus in 10 minutes. It uses a simple assay containing plasmonic gold nanoparticles to detect a color change when the virus is present. The test does not require the use of any advanced laboratory techniques, such as those commonly used to amplify DNA, for analysis. The authors published their work last week in the American Chemical Society’s nanotechnology journal ACS Nano.”