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Pac-12 Announces Rapid Testing Breakthrough, Results In 15 Minutes

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The Pac-12 announced today it has partnered with Quidel Corporation to “implement up to daily testing for COVID-19 with student-athletes across all of its campuses for all close-contact sports.” We’re talking rapid, frequent testing that will “significantly reduce the number of contact traces required and the breadth of contact tracing required.”

]Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott told media today he’s hopeful this means a return to competition before the January 1 date that the conference had pinpointed before the introduction of the rapid testing.

“This is a major step toward the safe resumption of Pac-12 sport competitions,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “The availability of a reliable test that can be administered daily, with almost immediate results, addresses one of the key concerns that was expressed by our medical advisory committee, as well as by student-athletes, coaches and others. At the same time, our partnership with Quidel, the industry leader in point-of-care antigen testing, will provide crucial research data that will benefit our members’ communities as well as the entire country.”

Scott added on a conference call with media that this would allow schools “to know every day, before every athletic practice or game, that everyone participating tested negative for COVID-19.”

Schools will be receiving rapid testing machines by the end of September and will get results back in 15 minutes. Scott added on the call that he’s been in touch with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and dropped this nugget: “I’ve said to Kevin, a high priority for the Pac-12 would be trying to align our seasons.”

Local health departments would still have to sign off on a Pac-12 return to football plan, but Commissioner Scott is indicating he thinks a football season of some sort could take place.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. “This is a major step toward the safe resumption of Pac-12 sport competitions,”

    These kids were already safe regardless if you reference factual data, but whatever makes you feel a sense of accomplishment I suppose. A tad late to the party.

  2. These political and administrative leaders are trying to be slick. Using any new development to justify them backtracking on their previous decisions that immediately backfired. It’s okay, just let me watch and root for my Arizona Wildcats fight for ascension to mediocrity this year.

  3. Scott: “At the same time, our partnership with Quidel, the industry leader in point-of-care antigen testing, ”

    Quidel: On May 8, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 antigen test, a new category of tests for use in the ongoing pandemic. These diagnostic tests quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs.
    August 11: Pac 12 announces that they will not play sports until 2021
    Sept 3: Larry Scott quote: “At the same time, our partnership with Quidel, the industry leader in point-of-care antigen testing, ”
    Do you notice the date when Quidel was approved by the USFDA?

  4. Quidel was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to do testing back in May of this year.
    On August 11, the Pac12 issued that no sports until 2021.
    Sept 3: the Pac12 says that they miraculously found a testing company to test the athletes.
    Conclusion: waiting for a Big10 decision like before. Scott is an over $4 million per year soy boy flunky.

  5. Where was all this testing in 2009 with the H1N1 pandemic that was a novel corona virus as well affected over 60 million Americans oh wait there was none politics over health obviously.

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