Valley News Live: North Dakota to roll out free rapid testing for K-12 school staff in pilot project to slow COVID-19 spread

Valley News Live: North Dakota to roll out free rapid testing for K-12 school staff in pilot project to slow COVID-19 spread. “The North Dakota Department of Health, with support from local public health and the North Dakota National Guard, will roll out free rapid testing for K-12 teachers, staff, and administrators this week as part of a pilot project to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases so they can quickly isolate and prevent further spread of the virus.”

ABC News: Labs brace for impact of infection, COVID-19 testing surge as Thanksgiving looms

ABC News: Labs brace for impact of infection, COVID-19 testing surge as Thanksgiving looms. “As COVID-19 cases have continued to surge across the U.S., so has the demand for testing. Diagnostics experts are now closely monitoring several concerning and converging vectors and what could be a perfect storm of infection this holiday season. Labs and clinics administering COVID-19 tests warn that the need for testing may outstrip capacity.”

Los Angeles Times: Some in L.A. are getting COVID-19 tests so they can party, socialize. Officials call this a disaster

Los Angeles Times: Some in L.A. are getting COVID-19 tests so they can party, socialize. Officials call this a disaster. “Desperately seeking to find a seemingly responsible way to hold dinner parties, some people have started to get tests for the coronavirus as a way to clear themselves to attend dinner parties without needing to wear masks or keep their distance. That’s absolutely the wrong thing to do, according to Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s director of public health.”

ProPublica: Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit

ProPublica: Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit. “By September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had purchased more than 150 million tests for nursing homes and schools, spending more than $760 million. But it soon became clear that antigen testing — named for the viral proteins, or antigens, that the test detects — posed a new set of problems. Unlike lab-based, molecular PCR tests, which detect snippets of the virus’s genetic material, antigen tests are less sensitive because they can only detect samples with a higher viral load. The tests were prone to more false negatives and false positives. As problems emerged, officials were slow to acknowledge the evidence.”

WCVB: Long lines snake through parking lots at free COVID-19 testing facilities

WCVB: Long lines snake through parking lots at free COVID-19 testing facilities. “Long lines developed Monday outside at least two of Massachusetts’ free COVID-19 testing sites, causing one to close the queue to newcomers and another to ask people to wait in a separate parking lot. In Framingham, city officials said the line for testing outside the TJX headquarters was so long that it had to be split into two parking lots to avoid clogging the main street.”

The Register: Bio-boffins devise potentially fast COVID-19 virus test kit out of a silicon wafer and machine-learning code

The Register: Bio-boffins devise potentially fast COVID-19 virus test kit out of a silicon wafer and machine-learning code. “Boffins have demonstrated that machine-learning algorithms may be able to help scientists identify viruses, and could even be used to develop more efficient tests for the presence of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the near future.”

How Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concerts: Exclusive (Billboard)

Billboard: How Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concerts: Exclusive. “Many details of the plan, which is still in development phase, will rely on three separate components — the Ticketmaster digital ticket app, third party health information companies like CLEAR Health Pass or IBM’s Digital Health Pass and testing and vaccine distribution providers like Labcorp and the CVS Minute Clinic.”

NBC New York: NYC Debuts At-Home COVID Test Kits as Part of Care Packages — Here’s How They Work

NBC New York: NYC Debuts At-Home COVID Test Kits as Part of Care Packages — Here’s How They Work. “New Yorkers who have been notified by contact tracers that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, have started receiving free at-home coronavirus test kits, a new tool particularly important ahead of the upcoming holidays.”

These Towns Trusted a Doctor to Set Up Covid Testing. Sample Patient Fee: $1,944. (New York Times)

New York Times: These Towns Trusted a Doctor to Set Up Covid Testing. Sample Patient Fee: $1,944.. “Rebecca Sussman got a coronavirus test because town officials in Bedford, N.Y., encouraged her to…. Ms. Sussman, 51, took her whole family to get tested, and the results came back negative. Then the paperwork came: $6,816 had been charged to insurance for four coronavirus tests. Ms. Sussman’s fees alone were $1,944.

New York Times: A Rapid Virus Test Falters in People Without Symptoms, Study Finds

New York Times: A Rapid Virus Test Falters in People Without Symptoms, Study Finds. “In a head-to-head comparison, researchers at the University of Arizona found that, in symptomatic people, a rapid test made by Quidel could detect more than 80 percent of coronavirus infections found by a slower, lab-based P.C.R. test. But when the rapid test was used instead to randomly screen students and staff members who did not feel sick, it detected only 32 percent of the positive cases identified by the P.C.R. test.”

KULR: Wyoming offers free in-home COVID-19 testing for residents

KULR: Wyoming offers free in-home COVID-19 testing for residents. ” Wyoming is reporting hundreds of new coronavirus cases every day, and medical facilities are stretched to the max. As of this reporting, there are almost 6,900 active cases of the virus in the state, and there is no sign of a downturn at this point. But the Wyoming Department of Health has offered all residents a new tool to help stay ahead of the virus: free testing kits, available through Vault Health. Park County Public Health Nursing Supervisor Bill Crampton says it’s one of the ways that people can take precautions.”

KHN: Verily’s COVID Testing Program Halted in San Francisco and Oakland

KHN: Verily’s COVID Testing Program Halted in San Francisco and Oakland. “Amid fanfare in March, California officials celebrated the launch of a multimillion-dollar contract with Verily — Google’s health-focused sister company — that they said would vastly expand COVID testing among the state’s impoverished and underserved communities. But seven months later, San Francisco and Alameda counties — two of the state’s most populous — have severed ties with the company’s testing sites amid concerns about patients’ data privacy and complaints that funding intended to boost testing in low-income Black and Latino neighborhoods instead was benefiting higher-income residents in other communities.”

Fact check: Trump continues to falsely claim that spike in coronavirus cases is due to heightened testing (CNN)

CNN: Fact check: Trump continues to falsely claim that spike in coronavirus cases is due to heightened testing. “The spike in US coronavirus cases is not being caused by an increase in testing. The number of confirmed new cases is increasing at a faster rate than the number of new tests. And the number of hospitalizations and deaths is also rising, which shows that, contrary to Trump’s repeated claims, the increase in the case numbers isn’t merely being caused by tests capturing mild cases. Taken together, the numbers tell a consistent story: the situation in the US is genuinely getting worse.”

BNN Bloomberg: ‘Surge’ Virus Testing Targets Asymptomatic in Latest Push

BNN Bloomberg: ‘Surge’ Virus Testing Targets Asymptomatic in Latest Push. “Missouri, Kentucky, Utah, and South Dakota will be the next states to get “surge” virus testing sites as Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rise and federal officials push for ‘smart testing’ strategies.”

The 74: D.C.’s Howard University, Other Historically Black Colleges Receive $15M From Gates Foundation to Expand Rapid Testing as U.S. Sees Surge in COVID Cases

The 74: D.C.’s Howard University, Other Historically Black Colleges Receive $15M From Gates Foundation to Expand Rapid Testing as U.S. Sees Surge in COVID Cases. “Historically Black colleges and universities, including Howard University in Washington, D.C., are receiving millions in funding to expand rapid testing on campus as coronavirus cases surge nationwide, falling heaviest on Black and brown communities.”