Lee County schools try to make up for contact tracing difficulties

Southwest Florida schools are dealing with cases of COVID-19 every day, and once those cases come to light, school districts have to then figure out who the infected have come into contact with, and that task can prove daunting. The main issue the School District of Lee County is running into is that the District […]

COVID-19 testing difficult to find

COVID-19 cases across the state are on the rise. But can those looking for COVID-19 tests to see if they’re positive, find them? Some counties’ health departments are working to expand their hours and locations for people to get COVID-19 tests. Many have told WINK News that finding a same-day test is like looking for […]

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Over-the-counter home test for COVID-19 gets U.S. green light

The first home test for COVID-19 that doesn’t require a prescription will soon be on U.S. store shelves. U.S. regulators Tuesday authorized the rapid coronavirus test, which can be done entirely at home. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents another important — though incremental — step in efforts to expand testing options. […]

Trump held a briefing Monday on coronavirus testing

President Donald Trump delivered remarks Monday on the nation’s coronavirus testing strategy. The briefing was held at 3:30 p.m. at the White House. You can watch it below. The president’s remarks at the White House come as the total number of global deaths from the coronavirus nears 1 million. In the United States, there have […]

CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

U.S. health officials on Friday dropped a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and said anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should get tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people didn’t need to get tested […]

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Discovery during antibody testing could stop people from getting COVID

There’s a tiny molecule that neutralizes the coronavirus, as seen in testing on mice and hamsters. This discovery could be the key to preventing people from contracting the virus. Doctors Steven Shapiro and John Mellors with the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine are putting faith in a tiny antibody compound. AB8 could cause the […]

Trump announces $750 million deal with Abbott Labs for 150 million rapid COVID tests

President Trump announced a $750 million deal with Abbott Laboratories for rapid COVID-19 tests at the Republican National Convention Thursday night. Under the agreement, the administration would purchase 150 million of the tests, which take only 15 minutes to deliver results. The Food and Drug Administration granted Abbott’s test emergency use authorization on Wednesday for patients with suspected COVID-19, […]

FDA approves $5 rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t require special computer

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t need any special computer equipment to get results. The 15-minute test from Abbott Laboratories will sell for $5, giving it a competitive edge over similar tests that need to be popped into a small machine. The self-contained test is the size of […]

High positivity rates of COVID-19 in children in SWFL

Many have seen the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Florida. “The numbers have definitely gone up over the past couple of weeks since things opened up in Florida,” said Dr. Nathan Landefeld, who works with kids at Physicians Primary Care. He says his patients are no different. “We’re seeing a percent positive with our […]

DOH-Collier expanding COVID-19 testing in East Naples, Golden Gate City

The Department of Health in Collier County is expanding coronavirus testing in East Naples and Golden Gate City. Testing will be free and no referral will be needed. The testing sites will make appointments on Tuesdays for Thursday slots. The others are first-come-first-serve. Testing will be held at the following locations: DOH-Collier at 3339 E. […]