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More random testing news from around the world. 

Johnson County, Kansas (a burb of Kansas City, MO); they get that 

the tests need to be repeated periodically. 

This is the only way you can safely open up your economy/society 

Very disappointing that the AKL Uni "health experts" are not on this 

Honest to Jeebus - this is a complete no brainer 

OLATHE, Kan. -- Johnson County’s health director says results from the first round of random testing are “pretty good.”

Very few, if any, people who tested positive didn’t have symptoms. Of the nine people who tested positive, seven definitely had symptoms. Health officials are still waiting on reports from the other two individuals.

In all, 371 people were tested, and 330 test results were immediately available. The nine positive tests represent less than 3% of those tested.

Unlike most testing being done on at-risk populations or people with symptoms, Johnson County wanted to get a better gauge of the virus in the overall community.

The county plans to do random testing three more times over the next six weeks to help determine when it might be safe to lift the stay-at-home order.

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The significant reduction in people presenting for testing over the long weekend, followed by a surge yesterday, I think says a lot about people still recognizing the need for a holiday even if every day is a stay at home day at the moment.

Hopefully we will get a breakdown between the random/sentinal testing results being undertaken in Queenstown at the moment vs those who actually present with symptoms 

 

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at 10.30am today sentinel testing started with 300 random tests being done at the queenstown pack'n'save

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12325312

and it looks such programs will be rolled out where suspicious clusters lie

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/coronavirus-ministry-health-widens-community-testing-include-some-supermarkets

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blood testing appears to be pretty quick and easy for some

Emirates says it is the first airline to conduct on-site rapid Covid-19 tests for passengers.

The tests took place before a flight from Dubai to Tunisia on Wednesday. The Middle Eastern carrier has recently started to fly to limited destinations.

The process involved a blood test conducted by the Dubai Health Authority, and results were available within 10 minutes.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/121054345/coronavirus-are-blood-tests-the-future-of-travel

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53 minutes ago, ScottiE said:

4 weeks too late.  We're not getting the full picture and our MSM are so in lurve with the queen bee they are too busy enjoying having their daily fix and their tummies rubbed to bother asking probing questions.

I can't help but agree ScottiE that the media is not really doing an effective job of telling us what is actually going on. It is either sensationalist headlines or regurgitating details from the same press conference under several different stories.

I have found Newsroom to be worthwhile. They starting reporting the number of health workers infected. It has been a high proportion. Because of that, the MoH has now started reporting on that. They provide a lot of useful info in the daily stats, and more-so, they say what the source was, and how current it is (they still show stuff that is out of date, if it is the best available). But they are actually compiling info themselves, which gives a better and less stage managed picture of what is going on.

The metric I am most interested in as we approach the L4 decision is the number of cases in the last 7 days by DHB. So far Waitemata is head and shoulders out infront, so fat chance of where I'm living coming out of L4 by Wednesday I reckon.

If your an analytical type brain (left or right, I get mixed up), this Newsroom daily update is worth looking at for all the numbers and graphs to digest...

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/04/16/1101216/covid-19-in-nz-the-numbers

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if we do go to level 3 next week

the newly defined restrictions make it seem more like level 3.5

than the 2 days of relative freedom we had under level 3 last month

currently the gov site says

Level 3 Restrict

High risk the disease is not contained.

Risk assessment

  • Community transmission might be happening.
  • New clusters may emerge but can be controlled through testing and contact tracing.

Range of measures (can be applied locally or nationally)

  • People instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement – including to go to work, school If they have to or for local recreation.
  • Physical distancing of two metres outside home (including on public transport), or one metre In controlled environments like schools and workplaces.
  • Bubbles must stay within their immediate household bubble, but can expand this to reconnect with close family / whanau, or bring in caregivers, or support isolated people. This extended bubble should remain exclusive.
  • Schools (years 1 to 10) and Early Childhood Education centres can safely open, but will have limited capacity. Children should learn at home if possible.
  • People must work from home unless that Is not possible.
  • Businesses can open premises, but cannot physically interact with customers.
  • Low risk local recreation activities are allowed.
  • Public venues are closed (e.g. libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds, markets).
  • Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. Physical distancing and public health measures must be maintained.
  • Healthcare services use virtual, non-contact consultations where possible.
  • Inter-regional travel is highly limited (e.g. for essential workers, with limited exemptions for others).
  • People at high risk of severe Illness (older people and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. They may choose to work. 

https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/covid-19-alert-system/#level-3-restrict

i wonder if the site will be altered to include the new tighter definitions

or if in another 10? days we'll be told we can go to a looser level 3?

when will " Low risk local recreation activities are allowed."

include sailing an opti? and riding a motorbike just for the hell of it?

my current reading is that i will be able to row out and check my boat on its mooring

but not be allowed to move it to another mooring

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Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield revealed yesterday that targeted testing had started in Queenstown - with 300 supermarket workers and shoppers - and more is planned for South Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury.

These regions are considered to be outliers in terms of the testing data; Queenstown, for example, has 6 per cent of Covid-19 cases but accounts for less than 1 per cent of the country's population.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12325351

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17 hours ago, ScottiE said:

4 weeks too late.  We're not getting the full picture and our MSM are so in lurve with the queen bee they are too busy enjoying having their daily fix and their tummies rubbed to bother asking probing questions.

Bit more than just being in lurve, MSM here are going down the toilet and have their begging bowls out to the government so they are not going to "bite the hand that feeds them". Govt has already agreed to give funding to TVNZ and TV3 (Newshub, which they have been trying to sell for some time) but until now will not override the Commerce Commission refusing to allow the merger of NZME (Herald) and Stuff(ed) group Stuff, Dom Post et al. 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/121025591/coronavirus-media-companies-plead-for-government-help-as-revenue-dries-up

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today chch's turn , aucks in a couple of days?

pack'n'save seem to be the choice

Community coronavirus testing is under way in Christchurch as the Government builds a picture of whether there is community transmission. 

Pegasus Health set up a testing station at the Pak 'n' Save Moorhouse Ave car park on Friday, aiming to get shoppers with no symptoms to volunteer for a test. 

A similar round of "sentinel" testing in Queenstown on Thursday netted 343 tests, while the same sort of random testing is also planned for Auckland and Waikato.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/121074955/coronavirus-wider-covid19-testing-starts-in-christchurch-community

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