Japan drops COVID test requirement, raises daily cap for entry

TOKYO — Japan will raise the daily cap on entrants into the country and scrap the need for proof of a negative COVID test, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Wednesday, although he stopped short of saying whether tourists will be allowed to visit as individuals. The requirement to take a test within 72 hours … Read more

California woman sues Kaiser over fees for COVID-19 tests

A San Rafael-based law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente, saying the health care giant is billing its members for COVID-19 tests despite mandates prohibiting those charges during the federal public health emergency. The law firm Seeger Devine said in the lawsuit that Kaiser member Faye Getubig requested only a COVID-19 test in … Read more

Japan weighs ending pre-arrival COVID test requirement

TOKYO — Japan’s government is considering ending the pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement for inbound travelers who are vaccinated, Nikkei has learned. The current border controls require travelers to show proof of a negative test result from within 72 hours of departure. As some countries curtail their testing capabilities, obtaining the necessary documents has become more … Read more

Can I use my expired COVID-19 test? FDA rules for at-home tests

girls, how are you doing? You. People who have had moderate or severe severe illness should isolate for at least 10 days. And in particular, people who had serious illness, severe illness or who have impunity compromising conditions to talk to their health care provider about how to decide when to end isolation. We want … Read more

CA COVID-19 update: cases, positivity, hospitalizations drop

COVID-19 numbers continued to drop across California this week, as a case surge that lasted through the summer appears to be easing up. The California Department of Public Health on Friday reported the statewide COVID-19 case rate at 30.6 per 100,000 residents, a 9% decline in the past week. Statewide case rates have steadily declined … Read more

OB-GYN tests go virtual; board cites COVID, abortion ruling |

Many OB-GYNs, including some who perform abortions, are celebrating a decision that allows them to avoid traveling to Texas for certifying board exams. Some feared gathering en masse would make them vulnerable to violence. Others who are pregnant themselves are worried about developing complications and being forced to seek care in a state with strict … Read more

EmVP: 14-year-old earns perfect score on ACT, preps for college | EmVP

WARDSVILLE – When you were a teenager, you probably would have rather been doing anything else than practicing for the ACT test. But, not Ava Fleury. “I feel like I’m drawn to things that test me because I just always want to be challenged and like, pushed out of my comfort zone,” she said. “Her … Read more

Boone County remains in red zone for COVID transmission as BA.5 variant spreads | COVID-19

BOONE COUNTY – It’s been one month since Boone County COVID-19 transmission levels moved from the green to yellow zone, and one week since moving from yellow to red zone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Missouri Weekly COVID-19 Activity Report CDC But since transmission has increased, so have the number of … Read more