The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that a coronavirus test that Los Angeles officials have offered to tens of thousands of residents for free since spring can produce "the risk of false results, particularly false negative results."
The test is administered by Curative, which produces 10% of the nation's daily tests and has administered over 11 million tests. The company operates the largest testing site in the country at Dodger Stadium. The year-old company run by Fred Turner has grown quickly and acquired contracts with the Air Force. It also tests members of Congress and is used by several major cities.
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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.
GoodRx earned dot.LA's top 2020 Startup award on Wednesday, beating out the popular sneaker reseller GOAT, the meditation application Headspace, mobile gamer Scopely and viral-video app TikTok.
"GoodRx started in Los Angeles, and will always be a Los Angeles-based company," said co-CEO Doug Hirsch. "We're so excited about the support we've received over the last decade from both entrepreneurs and investors and just incredible people that make up the ecosystem here in California and specifically in Los Angeles."
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Rising Startup: Openpath<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDYyOTE5NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2NzgyNjk4N30.WnCzEMK8t00pSE9kZok98bAnFbNhaKEMmxUpJdGeb30/img.jpg?width=980" id="30855" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5821d2b30f5f8bef78c7e781f8e7508e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="400" data-height="400" />
Entrepreneur of the Year: Shivani Siroya<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDYyOTIyNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2ODExMDE0MH0.-7cpyf3kFWbULeT2TtnBegrjpYnPJO-nnyrqGeUhnmU/img.jpg?width=980" id="6ed7b" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d71bd28ff9f08d1728227d1326c998f2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="219" data-height="230" />
Startup of the Year: GoodRx<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDYyOTI0Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NDEwMDYyNX0.6-l952IAHHCBtktsdktNPjD1Jei1TeSFy9Ij_3b71hE/img.jpg?width=980" id="331e0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e7abea2960ef53726b8d60446a278b86" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1400" data-height="444" /><p>The prescription-discount app GoodRx became one of the first Los Angeles tech companies to go public this year.</p><p>Co-founded by former Facebook executive Doug Hirsch and Trevor Bezdek, the Santa Monica company makes money by collecting fees from pharmacy benefits managers.</p><p>GoodRx is the most downloaded medical app in the United States and boasts 70,000 pharmacies on its platform. It's also profitable. The company earned $54 million in profit for the first six months ending in June, up from $31 million over the same time last year.</p><p>The company expanded into telehealth with the purchase of Heydoctor in 2019. </p><p><strong>Finalists</strong></p><p><strong>GOAT</strong>: Fast-growing global luxury shoe and apparel retailer.</p><p><strong>Headspace</strong>: A meditation app that recently raised $100 million in debt and equity.</p><p><strong>Scopely</strong>: A mobile video game company that acquired FoxNextGames from Disney in January. </p><p><strong>TikTok</strong>: The video-sharing platform was the top grossing app on iOS App Store globally in Q2 2020.</p>
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