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Virus Updates: Why COVID Tests Results Are So Delayed; Calif. Sees Record Deaths

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Virus Updates: Why COVID Tests Results Are So Delayed; Calif. Sees Record Deaths

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 4 million on Thursday, with more than 144,000 deaths, according to a tally by NBC News .

In response to a growing outbreak in Florida, President Donald Trump announced he has canceled segments of the Republican National Convention scheduled in Jacksonville next month. "To have a big convention is not the right time," he said.

The president also on Thursday acknowledged that some schools may need to delay their reopening this fall , shifting from his previous demand for a full reopening of the nation’s schools. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) later released new guidelines for reopening schools that emphasize getting students back in the classroom by laying out the social, emotional and mental risks of keeping students at home.

Remote learning and delayed openings also pose a child care crisis from millions of essential and low-wage workers, especially those with young children, who may not be able to afford child care.

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Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: Why COVID-19 Test Results Are So Delayed

The enormous number of Americans getting swabbed for the coronavirus has overwhelmed every step of the COVID-19 testing process, creating shortages of critical supplies in laboratories and inundating them with more specimens than they can process, NBC News reports.

The testing spike, which experts say has been particularly dramatic over the past month as more coronavirus hot spots have popped up, has meant waits of up to two weeks or more for test results in some cases — a far from ideal turnaround time."The challenges that labs are facing are complex," […]

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