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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 7, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the extension of the Community Based Testing Site program for COVID-19 testing, through partnership with national pharmacy and retail chains CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Quest (through services at Walmart) and service provider eTrueNorth (through services at Health Mart and Topco locations). The partnership has resulted in establishing more than 3,300 COVID-19 testing locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To date, more than 5.6 million tests have been conducted as a result of this partnership. The Community Based Testing Site program began in the spring of 2020 and includes a large percentage - over 70% - of testing sites located in communities ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 22 Billion Dollars in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $22 Billion in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 6, 2021)

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced two upcoming actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in support of the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

    Funding will provide critical support for testing and vaccination-related activities to jurisdictions before January 19, 2021:
    • More than $19 billion will be allocated to jurisdictions through the existing CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement. These awards will support testing, contract tracing, surveillance,
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  • NIH to support Radical Approaches to Nationwide COVID-19 Testing and Surveillance

    National Institutes of Health to support Radical Approaches to Nationwide COVID-19 Testing and Surveillance | site |



    NIH says RADx-rad program will fund non-traditional and repurposed technologies to combat the current pandemic and address future viral disease outbreaks.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: December 21, 2020

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded over $107 million to support new, non-traditional approaches and reimagined uses of existing tools to address gaps in COVID-19 testing and surveillance. The program also will develop platforms that can be deployed in future outbreaks of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. A part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, the awards from the RADx Radical (RADx-rad) program will support 49 research projects and grant supplements at 43 institutions across the United States. It will focus on non-traditional
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  • National Institutes of Health-funded Tool helps Organizations Plan COVID-19 Testing

    National Institutes of Health-funded Tool helps Organizations Plan COVID-19 Testing
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    Online calculator computes costs of testing and offers strategies for preventing infections in schools and businesses.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: December 7, 2020) It can be an enormous challenge for schools and businesses to determine how to establish an effective COVID-19 testing program, particularly with the multiple testing options now on the market. An innovative online tool funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health, helps organizations choose a COVID-19 testing strategy that will work best for their specific needs. The COVID-19 Testing Impact Calculator is a free resource that shows how different approaches to testing and other mitigation measures, such as mask use, can curb the spread of the virus in any orga...
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  • CDC issues revised COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels and Testing for International Travelers

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues revised COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels and Testing for International Travelers| site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) press release: November 22, 2020)

    On Saturday, November 21, CDC revised the Travel Health Notice system for COVID-19 and released new recommendations for testing before and after international air travel to help the public make informed decisions for safer, healthier, and more responsible travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    CDC’s Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues in destinations around the world. For most diseases, the Travel Health Notices have 3 levels. This new 4-level travel health notice system is specific to COVID-19 and details the level of COVID-19 in international destinations and U.S. territories. The COVID-19 Travel Health Notices now indicate low, moderate, high, and
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  • NIH expands Research to Improve COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations

    National Institutes of Health expands Research to Improve COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations | site |



    NIH says research is designed to rapidly implement testing strategies in populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: November 20, 2020)

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $45 million to expand the research network of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program, adding 20 institutions and seven states and territories. RADx-UP aims to enable and enhance COVID-19 testing of populations disproportionately affected by the disease, including African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Latinos/Latinas, Native Hawaiians, older adults, pregnant women and those who are homeless or incarcerated. This second round of awards brings the total investment in the RADx-UP
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  • Trump Administration Provides Saliva Test at Surge Testing Site in Waco, TX

    Trump Administration Provides Saliva Test at Surge Testing Site in Waco, TX

    Trump Administration Provides Saliva Test at Surge Testing Site in Waco, TX | site |




    Test Bolstered Through NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADxSM) Initiative


    (October 16, 2020) - - Today, October 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    Starting today, communities that are part of the federal surge testing effort for COVID-19, supported by the Trump Administration, have a new option: a test that uses samples of saliva collected by spitting into a sterile container. Made by Fluidigm Corporation and supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the easy-to-use saliva test detects SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on a molecular level using a microfluidics platform. The accuracy of the test is comparable to other molecular-level tests of nasal swab samples, according to a clinical study conducted by the manufacturer. The U.S.
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  • NIH Clinical Trial Testing Hyperimmune Intravenous Immunoglobulin plus Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19 Begins

    National Institutes of Health Clinical Trial Testing Hyperimmune Intravenous Immunoglobulin plus Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19 Begins | site |


    Editor's note: Please note that this article was published on October 8, 2020

    (October 8, 2020) - - On October 8, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    A clinical trial to test the safety, tolerability and efficacy of a combination treatment regimen for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) consisting of the antiviral remdesivir plus a highly concentrated solution of antibodies that neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has begun. The study is taking place in hospitalized adults with COVID-19 in the United States, Mexico and 16 other countries on five continents. The National


    Graphic courtesy NIH/NIAID
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  • U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Updates COVID-19 Testing Methodology for Nursing Homes

    U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Updates COVID-19 Testing Methodology for Nursing Homes | site |



    (September 29, 2020) - - The United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today, September 29, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an update to the methodology the agency employs to determine the rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positivity in counties across the country. Counties with 20 or fewer tests over 14 days will now move to “green” in the color-coded system of assessing COVID-19 community prevalence. Counties with both fewer than 500 tests and fewer than 2,000 tests per 100,000 residents, and greater than 10 percent positivity over 14 days – which would have been “red” under the previous methodology – will move to “yellow.” This information is critical to nursing homes, which are required to test their staff for COVID-19 at a freque
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  • National Institutes of Health to Assess and Expand COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Communities

    National Institutes of Health to Assess and Expand COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Communities | site |



    (September 30, 2020) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $234 million to improve COVID-19 testing for underserved and vulnerable populations. A part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, the RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program will support 32 institutions across the United States and will focus on populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic. These groups include African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Latinos/Latinas, Native Hawaiians, older adults, pregnant women and those who are homeless or incarcerated. “It is critical that all Americans have access to rapid, accurate diagnostics for COVID-19, especially underserved and vulnerable populations who are bearing the brunt of th
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs | site |




    (August 26, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today (August 26, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance for nursing homes and clinical laboratories to assist in enhancing their abilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to nursing home residents and their front line staff.

    Nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to the prevalence and spread of COVID-19. CMS continues to take proactive steps to enhance infection control policies, including practices that limit potential transmission, and prevent outbreaks within these facilities to protect residents. Today’s guidance requires all nursing homes to test all residents and staff for COVID-19. A new survey
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  • U.S. Department of Education adddresses Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures

    U.S. Department of Education addresses Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures | site |



    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year. Secretary DeVos commented: "Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn. Teachers need to be able to focus on remote learning an...
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Federal Review Process for Automated Vehicle Testing on Public Roads

    National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Federal Review Process for Automated Vehicle Testing on Public Roads| site |



    NTSB says ‘Inadequate Safety Culture’ Contributed to Uber Automated Test Vehicle Crash


    (November 19, 2019) - - Today (November 19, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2019) - The National Transportation Safety Board called upon federal regulators Tuesday to create a review process before allowing automated test vehicles to operate on public roads, based upon the agency’s investigation of a fatal collision between an Uber automated test vehicle and a pedestrian. During a board meeting held to determine the probable cause of the March 18, 2018, Tempe, Arizona crash, the NTSB said an Uber Technologies Inc. division’s “inadequate safety culture” contributed to the March 18, 2018, nighttime fatal collision between an Uber automated test ...
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  • Federal Communications Commission Office of Engineering and Technology Requests Comment on Phase I Testing of Prototype U-NII-4 Devices

    Federal Communications Commission Office of Engineering and Technology Requests Comment on Phase I Testing of Prototype U-NII-4 Devices



    Public Notice and comment site published


    (October 29, 2018) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission published information relating to Phase I Testing of Prototype U-NII-4 Devices. Included in that information was the following:

    The Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) is requesting comment on the report for Phase I of tests performed to evaluate potential sharing solutions between the proposed Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices and Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) operations in the 5850-5925 MHz (U-NII-4) frequency band.

    (To view the public notice, please press HERE.)


    (Published reports and detailed summary of the testing methodology,
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 7, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the extension of the Community Based Testing Site program for COVID-19 testing, through partnership with national pharmacy and retail chains CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Quest (through services at Walmart) and service provider eTrueNorth (through services at Health Mart and Topco locations). The partnership has resulted in establishing more than 3,300 COVID-19 testing locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To date, more than 5.6 million tests have been conducted as a result of this partnership. The Community Based Testing Site program began in the spring of 2020 and includes a large percentage - over 70% - of testing sites located in communities ...
    01-07-2021, 10:34 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 22 Billion Dollars in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $22 Billion in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 6, 2021)

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced two upcoming actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in support of the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

    Funding will provide critical support for testing and vaccination-related activities to jurisdictions before January 19, 2021:
    • More than $19 billion will be allocated to jurisdictions through the existing CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement. These awards will support testing, contract tracing, surveillance,
    ...
    01-07-2021, 10:30 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIH to support Radical Approaches to Nationwide COVID-19 Testing and Surveillance
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    National Institutes of Health to support Radical Approaches to Nationwide COVID-19 Testing and Surveillance | site |



    NIH says RADx-rad program will fund non-traditional and repurposed technologies to combat the current pandemic and address future viral disease outbreaks.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: December 21, 2020

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded over $107 million to support new, non-traditional approaches and reimagined uses of existing tools to address gaps in COVID-19 testing and surveillance. The program also will develop platforms that can be deployed in future outbreaks of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. A part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, the awards from the RADx Radical (RADx-rad) program will support 49 research projects and grant supplements at 43 institutions across the United States. It will focus on non-traditional
    ...
    12-22-2020, 09:10 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health-funded Tool helps Organizations Plan COVID-19 Testing
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health-funded Tool helps Organizations Plan COVID-19 Testing
    | site |


    Online calculator computes costs of testing and offers strategies for preventing infections in schools and businesses.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: December 7, 2020) It can be an enormous challenge for schools and businesses to determine how to establish an effective COVID-19 testing program, particularly with the multiple testing options now on the market. An innovative online tool funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health, helps organizations choose a COVID-19 testing strategy that will work best for their specific needs. The COVID-19 Testing Impact Calculator is a free resource that shows how different approaches to testing and other mitigation measures, such as mask use, can curb the spread of the virus in any orga...
    12-07-2020, 10:56 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CDC issues revised COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels and Testing for International Travelers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues revised COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels and Testing for International Travelers| site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) press release: November 22, 2020)

    On Saturday, November 21, CDC revised the Travel Health Notice system for COVID-19 and released new recommendations for testing before and after international air travel to help the public make informed decisions for safer, healthier, and more responsible travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    CDC’s Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues in destinations around the world. For most diseases, the Travel Health Notices have 3 levels. This new 4-level travel health notice system is specific to COVID-19 and details the level of COVID-19 in international destinations and U.S. territories. The COVID-19 Travel Health Notices now indicate low, moderate, high, and
    ...
    11-23-2020, 08:25 AM

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