Austria has placed some 2 million unvaccinated people on partial lockdown. Similar restrictions in Berlin have been placed on people who aren't fully vaccinated.
Last March, New York was an epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and testing was hard to come by. New York law prohibits officials from using their positions to secure privileges or exemptions.
Getting COVID-19 tests and vaccine to essential workers on commercial farms and in meatpacking plants requires more than a pop-up clinic miles away. A positive test can be financially devastating.
The Coastal Health District is moving testing to just two counties to increase vaccination efforts in its other six counties.
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A majority of hospital nurses said they had never been tested for the coronavirus, according to a recent survey. Hospitals say they are simply following the CDC's guidance.
Co-Diagnostics, a company that has provided coronavirus tests to three state governments, has come under intense scrutiny for claims about its tests' accuracy and stock sales by company leaders.
More than half of labs are reporting they're running short on test kits, pipettes and crucial chemicals.
An unreleased CDC review obtained by NPR shows that lab officials knew an early coronavirus test kit had a high failure rate. They decided not to recall it and sent it to the nation's labs anyway.
In hopes of jumpstarting a business decimated by the pandemic, airlines and airports are offering preflight, on-the-spot testing for the coronavirus, with some test results back in 15 minutes.
The average wait time for results has dropped to about three days, but that is still too slow to keep infected people from unknowingly spreading the virus, researchers report.
"People work in the White House, and those people also shop at my grocery store and are out about town," said one resident. On Monday, there was an 81% increase in tests compared to a week ago.
Even regular testing is no substitute for routine mask-wearing and social distancing along with quarantining for those who've been exposed to the coronavirus, experts say.
Some public health experts hope the growing availability of faster, cheaper tests could lead to a new strategy of widespread testing — one that could finally get the pandemic under control.
A pilot program on flights from San Francisco to Hawaii would give on-the-spot tests for the virus that causes COVID-19. Travelers who test negative would not be required to quarantine upon arrival.