April 29th, 2020: Maryland orders coronavirus tests for all patients, staff at nursing homes, where 516 have died.

Maryland mandates universal testing for all nursing home residents and staff for the novel coronavirus. The state may be the first in the nation to implement such a measure in the effort to combat the rise in cases in assisted living and nursing home facilities.

Maryland orders coronavirus tests for all patients, staff at nursing homes, where 516 have died

Maryland announced Wednesday that it will test all nursing home residents and staffers for the novel coronavirus, which has spread through 194 facilities, infecting 4,822 staff members and residents and killing 516. Officials said the state may be the first in the country to mandate universal testing.

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April 29th, 2020: The Coronavirus is Especially Deadly in Nursing Homes

The COVID-19 virus is having a disastrous effect on nursing homes and provides accounts from individuals who are currently in isolation.

‘We’re Literally Killing Elders Now’

Thousands of Americans in long-term-care facilities have died from COVID-19. My grandmother just became one of them. My grandmother’s grandmother, as family lore has it, died in the flu pandemic of 1918. This month, my own grandmother was killed by another disease for the history books.

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April 28th, 2020: The Health 202: The newest way to test for Coronavirus: Spitting in a tube

 “This collection method (referencing saliva) could ultimately prove safer for medical workers at risk of catching coronavirus by swabbing the noses and throats of infected patients – and help conserve valuable personal protective equipment that’s in high demand.” 

Analysis | The Health 202: The newest way to test for coronavirus: Spitting in a tube

Getting tested for coronavirus may soon become as simple as spitting in a tube. Two states – Oklahoma and New Jersey – are starting to offer saliva testing to determine whether patients are infected with the novel coronavirus.

 

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April 13th, 2020: US clears first saliva test to help diagnose new virus

FDA approved saliva as a sample for accurate detection of COVID-19 infection a Rutgers University test. 60 patients contributed both saliva and nasal swab samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing and the samples showed 100% correlation. This opens the door for using saliva in place of the deep nasopharyngeal swab specimens traditionally used. 

US clears first saliva test to help diagnose new virus

Rutgers University researchers have received U.S. clearance for the first saliva-based test to help diagnose COVID-19 WASHINGTON — Rutgers University researchers have received U.S. government clearance for the first saliva test to help diagnose COVID-19, a new approach that could help expand testing options and reduce risks of infection for health care workers.

 

COVID-19 in Arlington County

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COVID-19 Coronavirus information for residents of Arlington County and beyond.

COVID-19 in Loudoun County

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Loudoun County, VA – Official Website

Find information about respiratory illness caused by novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

COVID-19 Dashboard at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

COVID-19 Map

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

COVID-19 in Fairfax County

COVID-19

To help slow the spread of coronavirus disease, residents are encouraged to follow these instructions for what to do if you are sick or in contact with someone is sick. Residents will receive this information in the mail beginning this week and can download a copy.