COMMENT: How a February ski trip in the Austrian Alps led to a COVID-19 – National diagnosis

At the end of February, some friends and I left for the Austrian Alps for a skiing holiday. I had never skied in Europe before, but from the research I had done before the trip, I knew it would be something special and memorable.

But I never thought it would be for the reason I’m writing about now.

I arrived home in Toronto on the evening of March 1st. The next night I started to feel bad. I had a low fever and my body hurt, but I blamed him for the fact that I had just skied longer, stronger and with deeper snow than I had ever done before. Anyway, I rested the following day to rest, which seemed to do the trick because I was feeling much better and went back to work the following day.

I was symptom-free for the rest of that week. By this time, Italy and Iran had become the epicenter of the epidemic, but there were few reports of a significant peak in cases in Austria.

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Late Monday, March 9th, I started to feel sick again. Similar pains, slightly higher fever, and this time shortness of breath, which I knew was a symptom of COVID-19. I phoned sick for work, staying at home in solitary confinement while waiting to hear from my doctor.

When my doctor called me, he advised me to stay home and rest, but said the chance that I was positive for coronavirus was minimal. He advised against taking a test at the time.

I wasn’t convinced, so I called my local hospital and Toronto Public Health, and to my surprise, they both sided with my doctor and told me that the risk of infection from Austria was minimal and that no tests were needed. .

I started to do my research and started to see the number of cases increase from ski resorts in Austria. I also had mental flashbacks with the hundreds of Italians, French, Swiss, Germans and other Europeans with whom I shared reduced gondola rides and stayed in close contact for apres-ski drinks. I became more and more convinced that I had to take the test, so on the morning of 11 March I put on a mask and went to the emergency room of the Michael Garron hospital.

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When I arrived at the reception, I described my symptoms and was quickly isolated in a room and told to wait for a doctor. I was asked about my travel history and who I had been in contact with. This led to a couple of uncomfortable minutes as the doctor tilted his head back and threw a tampon deep into my nose, followed by a second tampon in the same nostril.

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I was told that they had to go deep or that the test wouldn’t work and that I would have to go back to do it all over again. A few minutes later, a nurse handed me a self-isolation guide and was told to go home and wait for the results. Two days later, I received a call which I considered positive for COVID-19.

When my results came, I was already feeling much better. The fever dissipated, the occasional wheezing had improved and the strange feeling of not being able to taste or smell was frustrating, but not debilitating in any way.

I didn’t have much time to think about what all this meant before he called Toronto Public Health, wondering how I felt and urgently needing me to retrace my steps in the past two weeks and remember who I could cross paths with. They call this contact track and is used to let others know that they may have been exposed to the virus and that they must self-isolate for 14 days.

This information was also useful for my Global News colleagues with whom I had worked and potentially exposed to the virus in the previous days.

Regional news director for Global, Mackay Taggart, was also on a ski trip to Austria. He too had experienced some mild symptoms after returning home. After learning about my test, she found it prudent to take the test. His results were also positive.

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This led a number of our Global News colleagues to self-isolation as they were considered “close contacts” of both Mackay and I.

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Isolated for more than 10 days, I have had a long time to reflect on this period. By all accounts, my experience with the COVID-19 virus has been very manageable and without much inconvenience.

Having said that, I am deeply aware of the risks this can pose for anyone in our society, especially those who are elderly or live with a compromised immune system.

I often think of my return flight from Europe. Days passed before the term “social removal” became commonplace and almost two weeks before the Canadian government imposed a 14-day self-isolation period for those entering the country. Still, on that seemingly routine air journey, I was bringing a potentially deadly virus with me to my community.

It is a virus that we now know can only be overcome when we all pay attention to the warning from public health officials and everyone does our part to stop the spread.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and breathing difficulties, very similar to colds or flu. Some people may develop a more serious disease. The people most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If symptoms develop, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the spread of the virus, experts recommend frequent hand washes and sleeve coughs. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible and keeping a distance of two meters from others if you go out.

For full coverage of COVID-19 from Global News, click here.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is holding a statewide televised speech tonight

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OLYMPIA, Wash. Governor Jay Inslee plans to deliver a statewide speech on Monday night about the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, which continues to spread in Washington state.

On Monday, Boeing announced that it would shut down its production facilities in the Seattle area for two weeks. Health officials reported Sunday that there were at least 95 coronavirus deaths in Washington state and nearly 2,000 confirmed cases.

In a statement Monday, Inslee said he applauded Boeing’s decision “to carry out an orderly arrest and continue paying workers in this difficult time.”

“Now is the time to take bold actions like these and we will continue to examine what can be done across the state,” Inslee wrote.

Inslee’s state address is scheduled for 17:30. PDT and will be broadcast live on Q13 FOX, Q13FOX.com and in the Q13 News app.

The Shuksan Healthcare Center, a specialized nursing center in Bellingham, had 29 new cases confirmed on Sunday, according to the county health department of Whatcom. The Bellingham Herald reports that 23 of the new cases were residents while six were Shuksan employees.

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The new cases bring the total number of Shuksan sick residents and employees to 32 when they are added to the three confirmed cases – all residents – announced by the health department on Saturday.

“The Whatcom County Health Department recognizes the importance and impact of this situation. We are working with the Shuksan health center to do everything possible for all patients, their families and staff, “said Mark Raaka, the health department’s emergency preparedness specialist in a note on Sunday evening.

Sick residents were being treated in Shuksan.

The state has already closed schools until the end of April, has banned events and large gatherings and ordered the closure of bars and restaurants serving only pick-up or delivery options and state and local leaders continue to urge people to stay home. and practice social distances, but not everyone is following the advice. People hit the paths, parks and beaches despite the warnings.

King County Search and Rescue is now asking people to avoid excursions so that their volunteers don’t have to respond and use their valuable personal protective equipment if called.

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Marikina is your partner, says the mayor to DOH

TEST CENTER. Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro speaks to doctors at the city's coronavirus test center. The Department of Health has not yet allowed Marikina to use the facility. Photo by Marikina LGU

TEST CENTER. Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro speaks to doctors at the city’s coronavirus test center. The Department of Health has not yet allowed Marikina to use the facility. Photo by Marikina LGU

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro stressed that the establishment of the Marikina molecular laboratory is a “partnership” with the national government in an attempt to address the coronavirus epidemic in the country.

Teodoro asked the Department of Health (DOH) not to treat Marikina City as a client requesting a license to manage a laboratory facility for coronavirus disease testing (COVID-19) as people have a serious need, especially those at company margins.

“It should be a partnership. All of this is a governmental approach that ranges from national to national government. Kung ano the kakulangan in the national is pinupunan of the lokal na pamahalaan, “said Teodoro in a statement on Monday 23 March.

(This is a whole government approach where the local and national [governments] they help each other. Any limitations the citizen has will be increased by the local government.)

The mayor said that the Marikina molecular laboratory will benefit neighboring cities because it will be a shared facility. In the end, the goal is to save more lives.

Teodoro stressed the importance of the test for detection so that the spread of the coronavirus is contained. Mass tests, he said, are needed as soon as possible. (READ: Where are the coronavirus test centers in PH?)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified coronavirus as a pandemic that has affected hundreds of thousands and killed nearly 14,000 worldwide.

In the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) has reported 462 COVID-19 cases, 33 dead and 18 recoveries starting Monday evening. (TO READ: Coronavirus cases in the Philippines rise to 462, death toll hits 33)

“We should make these test kits commercially available for everyone. We should be able to ensure that the tests are “democratized”, open access to the whole Pilipino, lalo dun to the mahihirap na hindi kaya magpating in the first ospital (to all Filipinos in particular to the poor who cannot afford to go in private hospital), “said Theodore, adding:

“It is imperative that the DOH be proactive towards the LGU initiative in efforts to combat COVID-19 threats, and not just invoke regulations to follow and comply with, as well as to issue guidelines, a system or network of health services delivery should take place between national and local government to better serve people in times of crisis. “

Teodoro and Dr. Imelda Mateo of the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center have both ensured that all the standards and protocols established by the DOH will be followed.

The Tropical Medicine Research Institute (RITM) will work with the Marikina molecular laboratory, Mateo said.

Teodoro also pointed out that the Marikina laboratory was established under the supervision of experts from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health (UP-NIH). (READ: U.P. coronavirus test kits can be launched on March 16th)

Marikina will procure 3,000 COVID-19 test kits from Manila Health Tek, Inc., the first private biotechnology company for health in the country, which also collaborates with UP-NIH.

Doctors from the Marikina City Health Office (CHO) will be trained by scientists and doctors from Manila Health Tek, Inc for the laboratory, Teodoro said. – Rappler.com

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Fairfax County man dies from Coronavirus – NBC4 Washington

In Fairfax County, Virginia, a sixty-year-old man is the third person to die in the state from the coronavirus novel.

The patient acquired COVID-19 through contact with a previously reported case, Fairfax County Health Department said in a statement. His cause of death was respiratory failure due to the disease.

Two other men died on the Virginia Peninsula.

“We are saddened by the first confirmed death of a Fairfax county resident from COVID-19. Our hearts go to your loved ones, “said Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, director of health at the Fairfax County Health Department.” The health of our residents is our top priority and we ask everyone to do the own part to slow down the spread of the virus in our community: practice social estrangement, wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes “.

On Saturday night, there were 152 cases in Virginia and 22 of them were in Fairfax county.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates on this developing story.

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Iloilo records the first case of coronavirus

DISINFECTION. A government team from the city of Iloilo prepares to disinfect the public areas of the city. Photo from the Facebook page of the mayor of the city of Iloilo Jerry Treñas

DISINFECTION. A government team from the city of Iloilo prepares to disinfect the public areas of the city. Photo from the Facebook page of the mayor of the city of Iloilo Jerry Treñas

ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Iloilo registered his first new coronavirus case on Saturday March 21st.

The province’s first confirmed case was announced in an information note from Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas and the Department of Health Region VI.

Western DOH-Visayas, Marilyn Convocar, said the patient is a 65-year-old man with no history of travel to Philippine countries and cities with coronavirus cases. It is the second COVID-19 case in the western Visayas.

The patient, who hails from the city of Guimbal in southern Iloilo, had a cough and fever on March 6, and was taken to hospital in Iloilo City on March 13, when his symptoms persisted.

Considering his age, he was immediately tested for COVID-19, but the test results were only released on Saturday, Convocar said.

Convocar said the man could have contracted the infection from his children who had recently visited Japan, suggesting that some members of his family may be asymptomatic carriers of the new virus.

The DOH official said that the patient’s family would also be tested and that the DOH-6 had started making contacts.

Meanwhile, Treñas has announced that Iloilo City will order 2,500 test kits from an accredited South Korean supplier approved by the Food and Drug Administration, for a cost of 5.5 million P. He said that this will be paid for by donations from Henry Sy and Chusuey. by Hennan Resorts (P3.5 million), Iloilo Supermart and the Que family (P1 million) and Edgar Injap Sia (P1 million).

“These will be ordered from South Korea and as soon as we have a laboratory available and accredited in Iloilo City, the kits will be available for testing,” said the mayor in a Facebook post.

Treñas previously ordered a blockade in Iloilo City on Friday March 20 via Executive Order (EO) 55-2020. This was caused by the death of a 57-year-old person under investigation (PUI) in an Iloilo City hospital earlier this week. (READ: man investigated for coronavirus dies while waiting for test results)

The Philippines have 307 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 19 deaths from the new virus starting Saturday, March 21. Rappler.com

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Duterte orders LGUs to follow IATF orders on the Luzon block

NOTICE FROM THE CHAIRMAN. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with officials from the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases in Malacañang on March 19, 2020. Photo by Malacañang

NOTICE FROM THE CHAIRMAN. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with officials from the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases in Malacañang on March 19, 2020. Photo by Malacañang

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte warned local officials struggling to impose a blockade at Luzon level to follow all orders from the national government or face administrative cases.

Duterte showed apparent authority as he warned local government units (LGUs) that the national emergency brought about by the coronavirus crisis meant “it is the national government that should call the shots”.

“Right now, let’s make it clear that we are not separated from one republic or one from the other. There is only one republic here, the Republic of the Philippines, and therefore, you should respect the directives of the national government when establishing … directives … for the good of the country, “said Duterte in the midnight briefing on Friday 20 March.

“I am ordering all the LGUs that are doing it to step down and comply with the directives of the IATF, the task force (on coronavirus) … and those issued by the Office of the President,” he added.

Duterte made the call in a taped statement aired last Friday at one in the morning, a few hours after his spokesman Salvador Panelo announced that it would be aired around 9:00 pm.

The President’s call followed the moves of several executive officials to reject the appeal of the mayor of Pasig Vico Sotto to exempt tricycles from travel restrictions placed on public utility vehicles.

Below he had previously allowed tricycles to make “limited trips “ move essential workers exempted from travel bans and those in need of medical care who do not have their own car.

Before Duterte released the statement, he also told officials to make sure that the flow of food and goods was not impeded, as indicated by the government’s coronavirus task force.

What will happen if local officials don’t follow Duterte?

The president warned: “If you go beyond the standards we set, you are abusing your authority and you know it can lead to administrative cases or even worse, unless you stop what you are doing,” said Duterte.

Duterte ordered both the Justice Department and the Department of Interior and the local government to closely monitor local officials and file cases against the officials concerned.

“Cthe riminal cases cannot be far behind, “he said.

Duterte then reminded the LGUs to make sure their actions were “consistent” with national directives as “doing otherwise would have caused confusion”.

“Let our country lead the way in imposing a blockade rigorous enough to effectively kill COVID-19, liberal enough so that our people will not starve, and orderly enough so that our country is not driven to the chaos in this difficult time, “He said.

Why this matters. The Philippine government has put in place a series of rigorous social exclusion measures, including ordering more than 57 million people to stay home to crack down on the spread of coronavirus in the Philippines.

But on the ground, local governments have been left to understand how exactly they would have been implemented, as the blockade guidelines continued to be fragmented. Among the crucial tasks assigned to local officials was the search for ways to ensure that residents were fed and that essential workers could be brought to the workplace.

The Philippines reported 217 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 8 recoveries and 17 deaths.

The global death toll from the virus has exceeded 9,000 while at least 217,000 people have been infected in 157 countries. – Rappler.com

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The man awaiting the results of the coronavirus tests dies in Iloilo City

CURTAIN. The health worker leaves the isolation tent in the Quezon City hospital. File photo of Darren Langit / Rappler

CURTAIN. The health worker leaves the isolation tent in the Quezon City hospital. File photo of Darren Langit / Rappler

ILOILO CITY, Philippines – A person under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus died in the city of Iloilo, confirmed Mayor Jerry Treñas at a press conference on Wednesday March 18.

The patient had been confined to a city hospital after showing symptoms of the infection. A PUI is someone who has had exposure to the new coronavirus and exhibits symptoms.

At the time of publication, there are at least 29 PUI’s in Iloilo City.

Ilolio City PUI of Ilolio is one of 3 dead this week without confirming the test results for COVID-19. The first was in Cebu City, while another died in Marawi City. (READ: the man in search of coronavirus in Marawi dies waiting for the test result)

Treñas met with managers of shopping malls, supermarkets and other local stakeholders on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of a “blockage” in the coming days to slow the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus-related disease, in this city.

The plans of the Municipality of Iloilo for a block of 14 days will include a complete closure of shopping centers and other important factories.

Establishments such as supermarkets, restaurants, banks, pharmacies and other services would remain open.

Treñas said that in this time of crisis, the priority is to ensure that Ilonggos’ access to their needs is not completely interrupted.

Numerous hospitals in Iloilo City have also implemented a “visitor-free” policy. Those who enter these hospitals are required to undergo an assessment to protect the well-being and health of patients and the city’s health care lines.

The Department of Health reminded the public to constantly wash their hands, to adequately cover their mouths when coughing and to practice social estrangement.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines have a total of 202 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, with 7 recoveries and 17 deaths.

The global death toll, meanwhile, reached 7,873, with 3,237 victims in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau). The number of cases worldwide has risen to 194,000, with over 80,894 infections in China. The virus has spread to at least 150 countries. – Rappler.com

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DOH coronavirus positive senior official tests

The only confirmed case is a director, says the Department of Health

Published 11.52pm, 17 March 2020

Updated 00:11, 18 March 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday evening, March 17, confirmed that one of its senior officials tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

“The only confirmed case is a director,” DOH said in a statement.

The DOH also dispelled the circulating reports that a member of its Executive Committee had tested positive for the virus.

In an interview with DZMM, DOH Undersecretary Rosette Vergeire said that the confirmed case is a director of the DOH Central Office.

Meanwhile, the health department assures its employees that their “safety and health is the top priority”.

“The offices have been disinfected and close contacts have been informed so that they can immediately undergo home quarantine and rigorous monitoring,” said DOH.

As of Tuesday, the Philippines have 187 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of this number, 4 have recovered and 14 have died.

President Rodrigo Duterte said a state of disaster in the Philippines as COVID-19 cases in the country continue to increase.

The whole Luzon, meanwhile, is under lockdown from March 17th to April 12th. – Rappler.com

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Where are the coronavirus test centers in PH?

Image from Shutterstock

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MANILA, Philippines – Governments around the world have responded in various ways to contain the coronavirus epidemic, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic.

In the Philippines, in addition to a one-month blockade in Luzon or an “enhanced community quarantine”, the government is also stepping up efforts to test suspected cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

To date, all laboratory tests on coronavirus are conducted at the Research institute for tropical medicine (RITM) in the city of Muntinlupa.

RITM is the country’s national reference laboratory for infectious and tropical diseases. It is under the Department of Health (DOH). So far, it is the only laboratory in the country accredited by WHO to test coronavirus samples.

A person who exhibits virus symptoms or has a history of travel or exposure in relation to the virus can proceed to any hospital to be admitted to designated areas of isolation, where samples will be taken and taken to the test center. (READ: when you need to get tested for coronavirus – or not)

The DOH explained that people under investigation or PUI will only be tested if severe manifestations of symptoms occur. However, older people with mild or severe symptoms, as well as people with underlying medical conditions, will automatically be tested for possible infections.

Prior to RITM accreditation, specimens from the Philippines were sent to the Victorian Reference Laboratory on Infectious Diseases in Melbourne, Australia.

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RITM is preparing its 5 subnational laboratories for COVID-19 screening. DOH hopes these facilities will be accredited within a month or two, said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on March 4:

  • San Lazaro Hospital, Manila
  • Pulmonary Center of the Philippines, Quezon City
  • Baguio General Hospital, Baguio City
  • Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Cebu City
  • Southern Medical Center of the Philippines, Davao City

The National Institutes of Health (UP NIH) of the University of the Philippines is also “similarly empowered” or prepared to handle the tests, DOH said on March 7.

Separately, Marikina City announced on March 13 that it intends to set up its own test center to assist only in early detection activities for people under monitoring, using test kits from a private local biotechnology company.

Test kit

In addition to accessing test centers, the availability of test kits is also important for diagnosing people under investigation for coronavirus.

Currently, RITM is running tests with primers from a reference laboratory in Japan, but has a limited supply. There is also a 24 to 48 hour processing period for the test results.

RITM has the ability to perform 300 tests per day, said DOH secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on March 12th.

On March 16, Duque announced that rapid test kits from South Korea and China had been donated to the country to allow further testing. These test kits can generate results in a few hours.

To help expand DOH’s testing capabilities, UP NIH scientists said they developed a coronavirus test kit. Health authorities are currently validating and field testing these kits before they can be authorized for series use.

In the meantime, the Food and Drug Administration has reminded the public to avoid purchasing home test kits sold online because they have not yet obtained approval.

On Tuesday March 17, WHO called on countries around the world to test “any suspected case” of COVID-19.

In the Philippines, as of March 17, there are 187 positive coronavirus cases, with 12 deaths and 4 recoveries. Globally, the number of cases since March 16 has risen to 168,250 in 142 countries, of which 80,860 infections are in China.

The global death toll is 6,501, with 3,213 deaths in mainland China alone. – with reports from Mara Cepeda / Rappler.com

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For the Sick, an agonizing wait for tests in Massachusetts – NBC Boston

Danni Aubain has cancer, so when she started feeling lousy late last month, she was particularly worried.

Aubain said the disease hit her like a ton of bricks. He had a 103-degree fever and a horrible, dry cough.

“I really couldn’t breathe,” he said, “and that’s scary for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.”

When seeking medical attention, Aubain said that both her oncologist and a Massachusetts General Hospital emergency room doctor pushed for her to be tested for COVID19, the new coronavirus disease that spreads worldwide.

But despite their recommendations, the response they got from state epidemiologists was that Aubain did not meet the test criteria.

“They called the Public Health Department and I was told that if I couldn’t name a person I knew had a positive test and that I hadn’t traveled outside the country, I couldn’t have been tested,” he said.

In response to NBC10 Boston’s questions, Mass. General said he cannot discuss the treatment of any patient.

But Aubain’s story is like so many others streamed to NBC10 Boston investigators in the past week by spectators across the state who have not been able to take a test. Many said they experienced symptoms of the disease, such as fever and shortness of breath. Like Aubain, some have also been seen by doctors who were convinced they need to be screened.

But with a shortage of test kits available in the state until the end of last week and with restrictive guidelines in place by the federal government, many said they were frustrated, scared and confused as to what to do next.

Federal officials are rapidly increasing the nation’s infrastructure to test COVID-19 this week after a series of missteps hampered the country’s ability to control the virus as it migrated from its epicenter in China to destinations around the world. As of Monday, there have been over 4,000 disease cases reported in the United States, which have so far seen over 70 deaths.

On Monday, health officials in Massachusetts announced that around 1,300 people were tested for the disease and 197 tested positive.

The state’s ability to test patients has increased significantly in the past few days when federal officials have granted Massachusetts clearance to begin testing the samples at the state’s public health laboratory, rather than sending them to a centralized, managed location. by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Federal officials also expanded their testing guidelines, offering doctors more discretion to order a test for the virus, and last week they shipped around 5,000 additional test kits to Massachusetts, easing local supply.

The CDC has also published new guidelines that allow doctors and nurses to subject a single nasal swab to tests, rather than a nasal swab and another sample from the patient’s throat. The change is expected to allow Massachusetts to double its testing capacity, bringing the number of tests conducted every day from 200 to 400, public health commissioner Monica Bharel said at a press conference on Sunday.

The Food and Drug Administration, which must approve the test sites, also granted permission at the end of last week to a couple of private companies – Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp – to begin testing samples collected from patients in Massachusetts. Massachusetts hospital labs are expected to launch their testing programs shortly.

“With more and more clinical labs in Massachusetts working to gain FDA approval, more online capabilities will also be available soon,” said Bharel on Sunday.

Federal officials say the United States is now on track to test thousands of patients a day for the virus after falling far behind other countries in its efforts to detect the virus.

Independent research cited by the CDC indicates that the United States had completed approximately 20,000 tests as of March 13. That number pales in comparison to the aggressive testing effort in South Korea, which has a much smaller population, but has tested around 15,000 people per day.

While the United States is ready to learn more about the extent of the pandemic soon, many in the Bay State who fear having contracted the disease say they believe the government has missed an important opportunity to help curb its spread.

“I have a couple of friends in my social circle who are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are just writing it as flu,” said Rita Czernewski, a Cantonese resident who had an unexplained illness a few weeks ago and was frustrated by her inability to get tested for the new coronavirus.

“We are just a little stuck,” he said. “The only thing we can do is just be careful.”

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