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.”

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.”

HuffPost: White House Testing Scheme Was Doomed To Failure From The Start

HuffPost: White House Testing Scheme Was Doomed To Failure From The Start. “Instead of using a test with an effective 10% to 20% ‘false negative’ rate as a screening tool, as it was designed, epidemiology and public health experts said, the White House used it as the sole means of determining whether employees and visitors alike were coronavirus-free ― and rejected other measures, such as masks and social distancing.”

New York Times: The White House relied on a rapid test, but used it in a way it was not intended.

New York Times: The White House relied on a rapid test, but used it in a way it was not intended.. “For months, the White House’s strategy for keeping President Trump and his inner circle safe has been to screen all White House visitors with a rapid test. But one product they use, Abbott’s ID Now, was never intended for that purpose and is known to deliver incorrect results.”

Reuters: Lufthansa plans rapid COVID-19 testing starting October -executive

Reuters: Lufthansa plans rapid COVID-19 testing starting October -executive. “Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans to start making rapid COVID-19 antigen tests available to passengers in October and is weighing the option of opening test centres at airports in the United States and Canada, a company executive said on Tuesday.”

Washington Post: Trump administration’s new rapid coronavirus tests plagued by confusion and a lack of planning

The Washington Post: Trump administration’s new rapid coronavirus tests plagued by confusion and a lack of planning. “President Trump heralded new rapid coronavirus tests on Monday as game changers — fast, cheap and easy to use. But his administration’s deployment of the new tests to nursing homes has been plagued by poor communication, false results and a frustrating lack of planning, state leaders say. Health officials in several states say they have been allowed no say in where the new tests are being sent and sometimes don’t know which nursing homes will receive them until the night before a shipment arrives. That has left some facilities ill-trained in how to use the tests and what to do with results. And it may be contributing to false-positive test results — when people are identified as being infected but aren’t.”

‘This Could Be A Game Changer’: New Jersey Secures More Than 2 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests (CBS Philly)

CBS Philly: ‘This Could Be A Game Changer’: New Jersey Secures More Than 2 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests. “New Jersey is about to get a new tool to track down COVID-19 cases quickly. Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday the state has secured more than 2 million rapid tests. These rapid tests can provide results in 15 minutes.”

STAT: Fast, low-cost testing is essential for averting a second wave of Covid-19

STAT: Fast, low-cost testing is essential for averting a second wave of Covid-19. “While PCR [polymerase chain reaction] testing continues to be important, what the U.S. needs now is to deploy mass screening tests that provide real-time information about the spread of Covid-19, much as we deploy widespread sensors on ocean buoys and space satellites to enable weather forecasting that detects hurricanes days before they hit.”