COVID-19 Update: ‘Pooled testing’ for COVID-19 holds promise, pitfalls

COVID-19 Update: ‘Pooled testing’ for COVID-19 holds promise, pitfalls

LINCOLN, Neb. (KGFW) – 135 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Nebraska yesterday – bringing the state’s total to 19,177. 13,737 have recovered. There are 120 active coronavirus patients in Nebraska hospitals. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, five more Nebraskans have died from COVID-19, bringing the state total to 274.

‘Pooled testing’ for COVID-19 holds promise, pitfalls

By MATTHEW PERRONE – AP Health Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) –  U.S. health officials are pushing a new approach to boost U.S. screening for the coronavirus. Pooled testing involves combining patient samples in batches instead of running them individually. The potential benefits include stretching laboratory supplies, reducing costs and expanding testing to millions more Americans. Chinese officials reported using pooled testing to help screen 11 million people in Wuhan. But U.S. officials have not yet cleared the approach. The potential downsides include lower accuracy and longer waits to deliver results to some people. Still, health officials say the approach could help with mass screenings.