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"Los Angeles offers virus tests to all, still has unused kits"

The Associated Press interviewed Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, about the COVID-19 testing program offered by the City of Los Angeles.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
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With ample coronavirus tests and not enough sick people seeking them, the mayor of Los Angeles recently did something on a scale no other major U.S. city had done — allow anyone with or without symptoms to be tested as often as they want.

A website to book a test was quickly swamped by residents in the nation’s second-largest city and the surrounding county who couldn’t get tested under more stringent guidelines and were concerned they were infected or could be asymptomatic carriers unwittingly exposing others.

But despite overbooking to compensate for a third of the people who didn’t show up, the city still has thousands of tests that aren’t being used each week, according to figures provided to The Associated Press by the mayor’s office.

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