Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Suddenly, in many places, it’s hard (or costly) to get tested — and the results are slow in coming

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Suddenly, in many places, it’s hard (or costly) to get tested — and the results are slow in coming

(Updated, Sept. 18) Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing has increasingly become more expensive and slower — or at least less dependably fast — with the surge in infections nationwide. Here are some recent findings from our reporting. We have been following the coronavirus (Covid-19) testing situation since May 2020. Here’s an update as of today, April 25, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: A year later, the lack of testing is having significant effects

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: A year later, the lack of testing is having significant effects

Chimére L. Smith, a Baltimore schoolteacher, is an expert on the Covid testing vacuum. Smith, 38, got Covid last March, but never had a positive test. Emergency rooms and doctors dismissed her without effective treatment multiple times. She’s still ill, experiencing occipital neuralgia, fibromyalgia, mild cognitive impairment, brain fog, severe joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, memory […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

(Updated, April 24) A Long Island hospital is coming under fire for sending Covid testing bills as high as $1,931 to multiple members of the community. Scott Nadboy received bills of $1,720 each for his family of four, both times the family got tested for a ski trip to Maine, at St. Francis Hospital & […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Earlier this fall, the predominantly Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, N.Y., managed to drop its positive Covid test rate from 34.2% in the last week of September, to a shocking 4.2% just one month later, the Jewish-American news organization The Forward reported. According to The Forward, town leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now “actively looking into” results from universal COVID-19 testing at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter,” Drew Karedes from Boston 25 News reported. “The broad-scale testing took place at the shelter in Boston’s South End a week and a half ago because of a small cluster of cases […]

Test charges: $401 = $24.80

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Test charges: $401 = $24.80

It’s not the first time medical bills in my family have seemed really confusing. Take a look at these two bills, for the same procedure, performed not long ago. The top one is from the provider for the actual test, a blood test at a lab. The charge was $401, the mysterious “adjustment” $376.20, leaving […]