CDC feeling pressure to release new test kits for coronavirus

Coronavirus latest news: 1.2 million testing kits to be ready by end of week

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The CDC is scheduled to have 1.2 million COVID-19 coronavirus testing kits ready by the end of the week, according to reporter Cole Miller of KOMO.

Four million kits are scheduled to be ready by the end of next week, Miller reported.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom said California Department of Insurance and Department of Managed Health Care ordered insurance companies to waive out-of-pocket costs for preventive coronavirus testing. The costs waived include but are not limited to “co-pays, deductibles or coinsurance — to zero for all medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19, including hospital, emergency department, urgent care and provider office visits where the purpose of the visit is to be screened and/or tested for COVID-19,” The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Vice President Mike Pence and Washington State Gov. Jay Inlsee met to discuss federal and state response to COVID-19 coronavirus, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signed the emergency package for COVID-19 coronavirus response and sent it to President Donald Trump.

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A nurse in Northern California says she was denied a coronavirus test by the CDC after contracting the virus from a patient she volunteered to care for, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Matt D. Pearce.

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A Vanderbilt University student studying abroad has tested positive for COVID-19, WZTV reported. It is not clear where the student had been studying. They are now in their hometown getting treatment.

"We have confirmed that one of our students who had been studying abroad has tested positive for COVID-19," Susan R. Wente, Vanderbilt Interim Chancellor and Provost, said in a statement Thursday. "That student has not returned to Nashville and is currently undergoing treatment in their hometown. We are working with public health officials to take appropriate precautions.

"Vanderbilt requires that students, faculty, staff, postdocs and visitors who have traveled to a CDC Level 3 country (currently China, Italy, Iran and South Korea) and/or have come into contact with someone infected with COVID-19 register with the university using the links on the coronavirus website and self-isolate for 14 days. The university is also working directly with any individuals who may be affected."

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»Atlanta couple who got COVID-19 doing better, coming home

 An Atlanta couple, sickened by coronavirus last month while vacationing on a cruise ship in Japan, are fully recovered and on their way back to Atlanta.

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»Cruise ship held off California coast after coronavirus death

A cruise ship with as many as 3,000 people on board was being held offshore near San Francisco as passengers and crew experiencing coronavirus symptoms undergo tests to determine whether they might have contracted the virus,

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»Use these disinfectants against the coronavirus, EPA says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a list Thursday of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against the coronavirus. 

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»First case of coronavirus in Tennessee reported outside of Nashville 

The first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, was reported in Georgia’s neighboring state of Tennessee on Thursday.

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»First case of coronavirus reported in South Africa 

South Africa has announced its first confirmed case of the coronavirus. 

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»Georgia schools navigate handling of coronavirus

Schools charged with protecting 1.8 million Georgia students have had to strike a precarious balance as they react to coronavirus, on one hand assuring parents they recognize the threat, while on the other projecting calm.

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