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Breakthroughs can come through the conversation around pathogen testing. Below we share stories that those responsible for public health and product safety can turn to for insights.
  • December 8, 2020
    On the heels of Delaware’s highest case count increase, school districts are reevaluating in-person learning. Capital School District has chosen to go fully remote until January 1, but the restart will be based on more comprehensive surveillance dashboard data. More here »
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  • December 8, 2020
    A study launched by the CDC, Department of Health and Senior Services, and Washington University in St Louis have launched a comprehensive study to better understand transmission of COVID-19 in schools. The study will combine virus surveillance and mitigation strategy evaluation, as well as provide schools with resources for contact tracing. Read more here »
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  • December 8, 2020
    Reported numbers show only 110 of the Washington state’s total of over 150,000 COVID-19 cases are associated with schools. However, a lack of surveillance and codified reporting structure lead some to question if data should be viewed as flawed or reassuring. Read more here »
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  • December 8, 2020
    In a preprint of a COVID-19 study, pooled testing was able to save up to 76% of RNA extraction reagents and time associated with the step. Batching samples from the same house, school, or workspace is a strong solution to reduce total tests required while prevalence is low. Read full article »
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  • December 8, 2020
    Massachusetts has seen COVID-19 related hospitalizations rise 46 percent since late September. As a result, schools are looking for ways to keep students in session. Pooled COVID-19 testing may be the answer. More here »
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  • December 8, 2020
    A recently published study, based on on-campus testing data from the fall semester, addressed pooled surveillance in a University setting. According to the study, many of the asymptomatic individuals who tested positive had a high viral load, causing concern that although symptom-free, they may have shed virus. Read full article »
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  • December 8, 2020
    The Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network, an FDA agency, has announced weekly reports to identify foodborne outbreaks. This advancement in surveillance will allow for public notification prior to a public health advisory or recall, ideally curtailing the risks. More here »
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  • December 8, 2020
    According to the US Government Accountability Office, the increase in multi-state outbreaks in recent years has led to the need for faster communication from the CDC. Read more here »
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  • December 8, 2020
    An outbreak of E. coli at several daycares in Germany has yet to be identified. More than 20 patients have been hospitalized as part of the outbreak. Read more here »
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  • November 12, 2020
    After a spike from 2% positivity to over 20% in the past month, Wyoming officials are looking for ways to keep businesses open while reducing the risk of outbreaks. One identified solution offered is for Wyoming-based employees to be surveilled, regardless of symptoms, for COVID-19 free of charge. Full article here »
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