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Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green offers way to ‘perfect’ COVID-19 testing

The way to “perfect the system” for testing inbound Hawaii passengers for COVID-19 would be to extend the mandatory preflight testing to four days from three and then require a second test upon arrival, Lt. Gov. Josh Green told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Spotlight Hawaii online video program.

The extra day to get tested for COVID-19 before boarding a Hawaii-bound flight would allow passengers more time to find a test site on the mainland and receive their results earlier. A second test upon arrival would provide an extra layer of reassurance for worried island residents and their mayors, who are calling for new requirements.

But Green said there is little reason to change the current system because it’s working, although concerns remain over its effects on a battered tourism-based economy.

“I don’t know why people would want to make wholesale changes to a system where we’ve got the lowest rate in

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  • November 28, 2020

COVID-19 rapid testing center opens at Ontario airport, just in time for holiday travel

ONTARIO, Calif. (KABC) — A drive-through COVID-19 testing center that offers results within 20 minutes is now operational at Ontario Airport, allowing passengers to determine whether they are infected with the coronavirus before they travel.

“The idea is, how do we make our passengers feel as safe and as comfortable as possible during these very unusual times,” says Ontario International Airport spokesperson Steve Lambert.

He acknowledges that even though the Centers for Disease Control has discouraged people from traveling, there are people who are going to travel anyway.

“Ontario Airport is going to handle 100,000 passengers during the Thanksgiving holiday,” he says.

The operation is run by Covid Clinic, which offers a variety of services, including tests for COVID-19 antibodies.

“It’s going to be nasal for this location, it’s only nasal. So depending on the type of test you’re getting it’s either going to be a nasal pharyngeal, which is

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  • November 24, 2020

Conferences join forces on virus testing procedures for refs


In this Sunday, March 5, 2017, photo, officials Eric Brewton, left, Joe Vaszily, center, and Maj Forsberg stand together during a timeout during the women’s basketball game between Duke and Notre Dame at the NCAA college championship basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C. Vaszily has worked the last seven Final Fours is looking forward to starting his 21st year this week of Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. He said that a lot of his officiating colleagues are looking forward to the season despite the higher level of anxiety because of the virus.


Debbie Williamson is used to the challenges of putting together the officiating puzzle.

Whether it’s assigning officials to specific games or figuring out how a referee can make it from one city to the next to call games on consecutive days, Williamson has seen a lot —

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  • November 24, 2020

COVID-19 testing wait times have increased in Spokane County, here’s why

Here’s a hint: Thanksgiving travel.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash — Spokane medical professionals say they are swamped with COVID-19 testing, which would make sense since the cases keep rising. However, the people coming in for testing are not always sick.

Many people without symptoms are trying to get tested for travel purposes, according to health providers. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, urgent care sites are having to shut down early due to the massive influx of people.

The Department of Health is discouraging certain people from getting tested, and for good reason. Travelers without symptoms seeking tests are clogging up testing sites, according to four separate clinics in Spokane County. 

The health providers say healthy people are coming in to get clearance to travel for their Thanksgiving plans.

It is “insane” right now, according to an employee at the Providence Urgent Care in Downtown Spokane. The increase of people over

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  • November 23, 2020

Students consider no-cost COVID-19 testing before Thanksgiving break

As Thanksgiving break approaches and students prepare to travel home, Elon University students are considering whether or not to get tested for the coronavirus. Beginning on Nov. 16, Elon began providing pre-departure COVID-19 testing at no cost to students, faculty and staff. 

To get tested before departing from campus this Thanksgiving students can make an appointment online. To get tested with the new Abbott BinaxNow antigen test, students will go to Alumni Gym at their designated time, follow the testing directions and return an hour later to receive their results. The antigen test is quicker and cheaper than the PCR. Positive results will be confirmed with an additional PCR test, and negative results do not have to be retested. 

Some students, like freshman Jacqueline VonTersch, want the peace of mind that comes with a negative result and she doesn’t want to spread the virus to her family.

“I’m traveling, and

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  • November 19, 2020

Bay County COVID-19 testing available

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) – There are several locations in Bay County offering COVID-19 testing.

The Bay County Health Department released information about where you can get tested for the virus. They also say county and state supported testing is free and no insurance is required.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bay County is offering drive-thru testing at the Lynn Haven Sports Park at 2201 Recreation Drive. This site is testing children ages 5 and up, but the child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For the Lynn Haven testing site, you need to make an appointment online. You will need a photo identification for your appointment. These tests are rapid tests, so you can remain on site to find out your results or you can have your results texted to you.

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  • November 16, 2020

COVID Has Made Online Travel A Game Of Millimetres, And He Who Solves Testing Wins Big

COVID has turned online travel from a game of inches to one of millimetres, said Timothy Hughes, vice president corporate development of Agoda, paraphrasing an oft-quoted phrase of former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Speaking during WiT Seoul, Hughes said, “A lot of the breakout tech is just your ability to execute quickly. It’s not sexy. It’s not being techie. It’s what have you got internally that allows you to change your rates fast, and how fast you can launch products to quickly chase whatever demand there is because this is a game now of millimetres of being able to execute today to capture the demand tomorrow.”

Hughes was answering a question on what kind of breakout tech COVID had spurred during a panel discussion.

For Expedia Group’s Ang Choo Pin, senior director, government and corporate affairs, and managing director, Asia, the most exciting tech is “the one which will potentially

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  • November 13, 2020

More colleges expanding COVID testing before Thanksgiving, moving online after

The U of M and UW campuses in Stout, Eau Claire and River Falls will move classes online after Thanksgiving. St Thomas adds to mass testing push.

A day after the Mayo Clinic announced that beds in its northwestern Wisconsin hospitals are full due to a surge of COVID-19 patients, University of Wisconsin campuses in Stout, Eau Claire and River Falls announced that all classes will move online after Thanksgiving.

“We were feeling increased pressure and guidance from the health officials,” said David Travis, Vice-Chancellor For Academic Affairs at UW River Falls. “With the hospitalization rates going up as they are, we didn’t want to provide any increased risk, or likelihood, that those numbers would continue to rise.”

Travis says they tried to prioritize in person learning throughout the fall, but he says student cases have surged in the last two weeks.

“River Falls was doing really, really well as

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  • November 13, 2020

University to pause surveillance testing, make way for end-of-year tests | Campus

The day Purdue’s seven-day positivity rate peaked to an all-time high — 6.87% — for the seventh day in a row, the University announced it will pause surveillance testing until January.

This pause will likely lead to an increase between 2-4% in the University and Tippecanoe County’s positivity rates because Purdue will conduct 5,000 fewer tests weekly, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Esteban Ramirez warned.

“I’m afraid that some folks will take that as a new surge,” he said Thursday afternoon.

The plan to pause surveillance testing, which has aimed to test roughly 10% of campus or 5,000. people each week this semester, comes as the University anticipates many more students and employees to be tested before leaving campus for Thanksgiving break, Ramirez said.

Students will still be able to request tests at the Turf Recreation Exercise Center, or be tested after notification from the Protect Purdue Health Center.

Ramirez emphasized

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  • November 13, 2020

Tyler Hubbard Quarantines on His Tour Bus After Testing Positive for COVID-19: I ‘Got the Rona’

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Tyler Hubbard has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Florida Georgia Line member revealed on Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 — but luckily he’s asymptomatic and quarantining on his tour bus outside of his home.

“Some of y’all guessed it….. Got the Rona,” the 33-year-old captioned a selfie of himself outside of his house and wearing a baseball cap. “Asymptomatic. Quarantining on bus.”

“Miss my family. Writing songs. Thankful,” he ended the note.

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“Glad you are feeling ok and I’m currently taking up a collection plate to send Hayley on a solo vacation after your quarantine,” commented Cassie Kelley, wife of Lady A’s Charles Kelley.

Hubbard and bandmate Brian Kelley were set to perform at the CMA Awards on Wednesday, but PEOPLE can confirm that

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  • November 10, 2020