The reversal came just hours after the federal government threatened the state, calling the prohibition on the tests “illegal.”
The agency now says anyone exposed to an infected person for more than 15 minutes needs a test. An earlier guideline saying it might not be necessary had shocked public health experts.
Six months into the pandemic and with no coherent national testing strategy, the Trump administration is encouraging private development of an array of faster and cheaper techniques.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly changed its recommendations, saying people without Covid-19 symptoms should not get tested.
Classes will start remotely. But the nation’s second-largest school district has perhaps the most ambitious plan to test students and employees for the coronavirus.
For the first time during the pandemic, the United States saw a downward trend in the number of coronavirus tests conducted each day.
She and other top health officials in the Trump administration warn states of a deepening spread of the coronavirus, in both rural and urban areas.
With the reopening plans of schools and businesses hinging on rapid test results, the Trump administration’s testing czar says a two- to three-day turnaround “is not possible.”
A patchwork of state and U.S. recommendations has hampered efforts to devise a uniform policy, leading to disputes over whether insurers or employers should cover testing costs.
Despite progress on a vaccine, there is no guarantee it will be effective, experts said, and testing and contact tracing are still short of the levels needed.
Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Health Committee will be a chance for Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and other top health experts to speak to lawmakers, albeit by video, without President Trump nearby.
Aggressive screening might have helped contain the coronavirus in the United States. But technical flaws, regulatory hurdles and lapses in leadership let it spread undetected for weeks.