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How hard is it to get a COVID test if asymptomatic? Turns out, it varies

Emily Boerger | Jul 16, 2020 | Washington

Despite expanded testing recommendations and the CDC’s guidance on testing asymptomatic individuals, evidence suggests rising consumer demand for COVID-19 tests and a shortage of supplies are making it difficult to offer timely, widespread testing. I decided to put Washington to the test to see how difficult it is to get...[ Read More ]

Delays in receiving COVID test results could inhibit contact tracing

Michael Goldberg | Jul 15, 2020 | Washington

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a Tuesday press conference that increased demand on commercial labs testing for COVID-19 poses challenges for the state’s effort to conduct contact tracing. The Governor also called on the federal government to produce more testing materials. Yesterday, Quest Diagnostics, a major lab conducting large...[ Read More ]

Colorado public officials provide update on testing and contact tracing

Michael Goldberg | Jun 4, 2020 | Colorado

Dan Gibbs, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Resources, and Sarah Tuneberg, COVID-19 Innovation Response Team Lead and Senior COVID-19 Advisor for CDPHE provided an update this week on the state's testing and contact tracing efforts. Gibbs and Tuneberg estimated that Colorado is running 7000-8000 tests per day. As...[ Read More ]

With increased testing, Oregon sees spike in new COVID cases

Emily Boerger | Jun 4, 2020 | Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report released Wednesday shows a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. The OHA data shows an 18% increase (353 cases) in new cases for the week of May 25 – May 31 compared to the previous week. Prior to this report, Oregon experienced...[ Read More ]

Utah Medicaid will now cover COVID-19 testing for uninsured residents

| Jun 2, 2020 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) today announced that Utah Medicaid will now cover COVID-19-related diagnostic testing and services for uninsured individuals. This new program will be effective June 1, 2020 through the duration of the public health emergency. Covered services include COVID-19 testing, as well as serological tests to...[ Read More ]

Combined testing costs for nursing homes & assisted living communities: $672 million nationwide

Michael Goldberg | May 29, 2020 | Federal

According to a recent estimate by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the combined cost for COVID-19 testing of every resident and staff of assisted living communities and nursing homes would be approximately $672 million nationwide.     Broken down separately, testing all residents...[ Read More ]