Test shortage risks new outbreaks being missed, public health experts warn

Experts have warned that the rationing could mean that new outbreaks are missed. - PA
Experts have warned that the rationing could mean that new outbreaks are missed. – PA
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Prioritising coronavirus testing in high-risk areas has meant areas with fewer Covid-19 cases have had their testing capacity reduced.

Experts have warned that the rationing could mean that new outbreaks are missed. 

Paul Hunter, a public health expert and professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, told the BBC that these issues could act as “big disincentive to being tested” and result in missing local increases “early enough to maybe stop more widespread infection”.

A DHSC spokesperson said: “There is a high demand for tests and our laboratories continue to turn test results around as quickly as possible.

“To make sure we stay in control of this virus we are targeting our testing capacity at the areas that need it most, including those where there is an

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How Boulder County Enforces Public Health Orders: What To Know

BOULDER COUNTY, CO — Most Boulder County residents and businesses are following public health orders, yet some continue to defy the required precautions, public health officials said. Over the past two weeks, parties have been reported in and around the University of Colorado Boulder campus, and some businesses in the county have been found in violation of the orders.

Residents and businesses can face Class 1 misdemeanor charges if they are found willfully violating orders. If accepted by the district attorney and law enforcement, a lawsuit can be launched by Boulder County Public Health that requests a court order for the person, group or business to comply with the public health rules.

If the restraining order is violated, fines and other sanctions can be imposed.

Jeff Zayach, the agency’s executive director, said their goal is to “help individuals and businesses follow the public health orders to stop this virus, not

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This public US university has seen grades soar despite Covid. What’s it doing right?

If anywhere was going to take a pummeling from the coronavirus, you’d think it would be a place like Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta.

Georgia State is not a glamorous flagship university – that would be the University of Georgia in Athens, the spiritual home of the Bulldogs, REM and the B-52s. It’s more of a workhorse public institution, with a large population of students who come from low-income households and have to work at least one paying job outside their studies to make ends meet.

Those jobs – in restaurants, in retail, in bars – largely evaporated in the spring, and most have not returned. The crisis has hit particularly hard at the lower end of the income scale – and close to 60% of Georgia State’s students are poor enough to qualify for federal aid. It has also hit African Americans and other ethnic minorities particularly hard

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Sarah Harding’s decision to go public about her breast cancer says a lot about today’s toxic celebrity culture

Sarah Harding has revealed her breast cancer diagnosis: Press Association
Sarah Harding has revealed her breast cancer diagnosis: Press Association

When Sarah Harding was forced to announce yesterday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer “earlier this year”, and that the disease has now “advanced to other parts of [her] body”, two things happened. The first was the thousands of well wishes that the former Girls Aloud member received from friends, family, and fans on Instagram and Twitter (where she made the statement); the second was that an unignorable spotlight began shining on the truly toxic nature of today’s celebrity culture.

Harding, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, chose to keep her diagnosis and subsequent battle with cancer private. That decision was cruelly taken away from her after she was spotted in hospital, resulting in her PR and management team finding out that rumours were circulating online about what the star was receiving treatment for. Considering the time Harding

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More Twin Cities Private, Public Schools Make Decisions For Fall

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL METRO, MN — The start of the 2020 school year is days away for many kids across the Twin Cities metro. Most schools — both public and private — have announced the education model they will use as the nation continues to battle the spread of coronavirus.

For public school districts, the recommended model of education per the Minnesota Department of Health — wether it’s distance learning, hybrid, or in-person — depends on how many coronavirus cases are reported in the county

While the statewide guidelines issue by Gov. Tim Walz earlier this summer don’t apply to private schools in Minnesota, many private school administrators are going through similar decision making processes as their peers in the public districts.

All schools that do open during the school year must follow public health guidelines on masks, social distancing, personal hygiene, screening, and cleaning practices.

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COVID-19 vaccine trials need diverse volunteers to ensure safety, effectiveness and public buy-in

BOSTON – Dianne Wilkerson wants Black Bostonians to volunteer for trials testing potential COVID-19 vaccines.

She understands why they’re hesitant. Black Americans have a long history of being treated poorly by the medical establishment; many faced discrimination in medical care themselves.

Still, if they don’t participate in the trials meant to establish vaccine safety and effectiveness, they’ll never know whether the vaccines will work for them. 

“The risks for not being involved are so great,” said Wilkerson, a founding member of Boston’s Black COVID-19 Coalition.

About 25% of the city’s population is Black, yet Blacks have made up more than 35% of those infected and killed by COVID-19. 

Nationally, the figures are even worse. Just over 80 Black Americans have died of COVID-19 out of every 100,000, compared with 46 Latino Americans and 36 white Americans, according to the American Public Media Research Lab.

Why diversity matters for vaccines


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If Public Schools Are Closed, Should Private Schools Have to Follow?

St. Andrews Episcopal School, attended by Baron Trump, President Donald Trump
St. Andrews Episcopal School, attended by Baron Trump, President Donald Trump

Facing a resurgence of the coronavirus, public schools in the suburbs of the nation’s capital decided in recent weeks that more than 1 million children would start the school year from home. On Friday, officials in Maryland’s most populous county said that private schools, including some of the nation’s most elite, had to join them.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, abruptly overruled that directive this week, contending that Maryland’s private schools should be allowed to make their own reopening decisions. The governor staked out his position on the same day that a group of parents filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the county’s order, saying it discriminated against private and religious schools.

The wrangling threw into sharp relief the challenges facing local health officials as they piece together a response to the pandemic only to see their efforts

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Maryland’s governor continues his public health retreat

One of the mistakes commonly made during the recent public debate over whether to open schools this fall or conduct classes online has been to consider the ramifications only in the context of students, educators and their families. This is understandable. No one is more directly affected. But during the worst pandemic to hit this nation in a century, schools — public and private — must also be looked upon as potential transmission sites in the same way that bars, restaurants, churches, businesses and every other place where the public might gather must be. This isn’t just about keeping young Tommy or Tamika safe, or their extended families or even their teachers, but about keeping the broader communities safe until COVID-19 is under reasonable control.

That’s why Gov. Larry Hogan’s abrupt decision this week to grant special status to schools by amending an emergency statewide order to prevent local health

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Ontario implements more public health measures in restaurants, Canada launches COVID Alert app

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 115,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,900 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

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July 31

3:00 p.m.: COVID-19 ‘just waiting for an invitation to a party’

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer,

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As Maryland public schools go online this fall, private and parochial schools ready to welcome students on campus

As Maryland’s public schools announced their decisions to keep their doors closed at least for the beginning of the school year, private schools have done just the reverse — arguing they have the ability to give families the in-person classes they want while keeping students safe.

Because of their small size, some experts say private and Catholic schools, are better able to make quick adjustments to their curriculum and often have more physical space to spread students out. But financial forces and teachers unions are also shaping public and private school decisions.

“The driver has been meeting the needs of our students,” said Donna Hargens, the superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Baltimore Archdiocese. “The interpersonal interaction is essential to the learning process and we know that some of our students struggled with remote learning especially those with learning needs.”

Public schools, meanwhile, often have to cope with tightly-packed classrooms

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