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Asia Today: South Korea testing at hospitals, nursing homes

2 days ago   |   By Chron

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea on Monday began testing tens of thousands of employees of hospitals and nursing homes to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks at live-in facilities.
Fifteen of the 76 latest cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency were from the southern port city of Busan, where more than 70 infections have been linked to a hospital for the elderly.
The disease caused by the coronavirus can be more serious in older people and those with existing health conditions like high-blood pressure.
Health workers have been scrambling to track infections in the Seoul...
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Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

2 days ago   |   By Chron

WASHINGTON - After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.
All U.S. testing sites are legally required to report their results, positive and negative, to public health agencies. But state health officials say many rapid tests are going unreported, which means some new COVID-19 infections may not be counted.
And the situation could get worse, experts say. The federal government is shipping more than 100 million of the...
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October 18 COVID-19 Test Results

October 18 COVID-19 Test Results

3 days ago   |   By Calculated Risk

The US is now mostly reporting 700 thousand to 1 million tests per day. Based on the experience of other countries, the percent positive needs to be well under 5% to really push down new infections , so the US still needs to increase the number of tests per day significantly (or take actions to push down the number of new infections).
There were 812,261 test results reported over the last 24 hours.
There were 48,638 positive tests.
ALmost 12,500 Americans deaths from COVID have been reported in October. See the graph on US Daily Deaths here .
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