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Austin blames labs use of fax machines for long wait times for coronavirus test results | TheHill – The Hill

Austin blames labs use of fax machines for long wait times for coronavirus test results

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Austin Public health officials say that a recent drop in coronavirus cases after the city experienced a spike this month could be attributed to antiquated equipment labs are using to report data.  

“I am stunned to hear that the way we are getting the results of the tests on infections is by fax. That’s like a third world technology. Most young people don’t even know what a fax machine is anymore,” Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea told CBS Austin. “This incredibly wasteful, stupid process of putting it on fax paper and faxing it to somebody so that they then have to manually enter it on a computer.”

Mark Escott, Interim Health Authority for Austin Public Health, told CBS Austin that the agency spends time manually entering thousands of results in their database each day. 

“It’s not uncommon for us to have a week to 10 days between when a person is tested and when their case is entered in the system so they can be called,” Escott said.

State law requires labs to report data digital, though not all comply. Travis County officials are looking into enforcement measures, and Shea has requested Escott give them the names of the labs still using fax machines. 

This week Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked residents to stay home as the state grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The governor also indicated he has no plans to reimpose restrictions on businesses.

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Brian Austin Green opens up about split with wife Megan Fox – CNN

(CNN)Brian Austin Green has opened up about parting ways with his wife of nearly 10 years, actress Megan Fox.

On his podcast, “…with Brian Austin Green,” the “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum said he and Fox have been separated for months, after realizing they’d grown apart.
“It’s not something you go into a marriage considering,” Green said of their split.
Green and Fox have been married since 2010 and have three children together.
Green said Fox first confided in him that she felt that she would like to spend time apart last year, after she returned from several weeks of filming a project.
“She said, ‘You know what, I realized while I was out of the country working alone, that I feel more like myself and I liked myself better during that experience. And I think that’s something that might be worth trying for me,'” he said. “I was upset about it, but I can’t be upset at her and I wasn’t upset at her because she didn’t ask to feel that way.”
Fox has recently been spotted by paparazzi spending time with musician Machine Gun Kelly, whom Green said seems like a “nice, genuine guy,” adding “they’re just friends at this point.”
“It’s really important to me that people don’t treat anyone like a villain or a victim in this situation,” he said.
Green said it is his and Fox’s intention to continue to vacation and spend holidays as a family with their children.
Fox will next be seen in the family film “Think Like a Dog.” Green was last seen in the meta “90210” revival series, “BH90210,” which was canceled after one season.
“I will always love her and she will always love me,” Green said.
He added: “Who knows if this is the end of the journey. We have a lot of life left. So the paths have sort of gone in separate ways for now. They could come back together. They may not. We don’t know.”


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