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Meet the 25-Year-Old Behind LA's Plan to Test Every Resident for COVID-19

Not even a week after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced it would offer residents free mail-in PCR tests for COVID-19, the program has been put on pause.

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LA County Drops Curative COVID Test After FDA Alert on Accuracy

Los Angeles County is sending out free at-home COVID-19 tests as it tries to keep up with a surge in cases that are overwhelming test sites and leaving pharmacy shelves empty.

The county’s Department of Public Health announced over the weekend that all residents are eligible to receive free at-home PCR tests from Temple City-based Fulgent Genetics, in an effort to encourage testing and prevent the highly transmissible virus from spreading even further.

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Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, county health officials and private labs are ramping up COVID-19 testing capacity as people anxious to visit family flock to centers and cases rise.

Los Angeles County has recently added some 6,000 appointments to testing locations across the region and expanded testing hours. This week, LAX started offering COVID tests to fliers for $150, just ahead of what is normally one of the busiest travel seasons.

It comes as coronavirus cases have surged back to alarming levels and demand for testing rises. Wait times at county testing stations are now running 10 to 20 minutes, and they could grow in the weekend leading up to Thanksgiving as more seek testing.

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