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HHS Launches Pilot Program In Five States With Rapid COVID-19 Test Used By NBA

  • November 20, 2020

CNBC (11/19, Feuer) reports that HHS “has launched a pilot program with five states to introduce the rapid, point-of-care [COVID-19] test, using the same diagnostics the National Basketball Association employed to finish its season, the agency announced Thursday.” The “pilot program – adopted by Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Texas and Alaska – is expected to run up to 100,000 tests per day by the spring, according to the federal contract and HHS officials.” The NBA “relied on the tests, developed by California-based Cue Health, to create an isolation zone at Walt Disney World near Orlando to protect its players so they could finish out the last eight games of the 2019-20 regular season and 2020 playoffs.”