Issues with COVID-19 rapid tests in nursing homes

Dr. Jen Ashton breaks down the latest information on test availability.
1:34 | 09/30/20

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with some of these numbers, some of the major developments that we continue to track and it's not pretty as usual -- numbers from Johns Hopkins university -- now more than 7.1 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the country. More than 205,000 American lives lost now. We're talking about 2.8 Americans recovering. That's right, that's something to remember. Jen, unfortunately, we're also seeing numbers rising in over 30 states throughout this country, the key to assessing where we are is testing, but you say there are some issues with rapid tests. Specifically in nursing homes. Those rapid tests are coming more and more on to the market and they're really important in our day-to-day life, but specifically within nursing homes, the federal government has provided testing machines to 14,000 facilities. The president just announced they plan to supply 18 million Abbott rapid testing kits. These rapid tests can give results in 15 minutes, so very important to protect this population, but there still remains questions about accuracy and that's true with any test. The test kits themselves aren't that's a producing a problem with a shortage of testing supplies to process those tests. Then the government is fining centers up to $10,000 if they fail to meet daily reporting rates and requirements. This is logistically complicating, these nursing care facilities are trying to care of these residents and staff and they're having to shunt a lot of resources for these tests. Dr. Jen, thank you so much.

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