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STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way American businesses build and implement employee health and wellness programs, probably forever. Universities, reeling from the effects of forced distance learning, need to find better ways to protect the on-campus health of staff and students. The entertainment, accommodation, travel and hospitality industries have seen dramatic declines in participation that will not change until robust solutions are made available to keep their facilities safe. Whether an organization faces a global pandemic or a local food-borne outbreak, health threats need to be addressed and contained quickly to maintain financial stability.
To address these growing needs, a group of scientific and public health professionals have joined together to launch the world’s first Health Security company: TestZone. TestZone offers businesses, universities, manufacturers and entertainment companies multi-layered health security solutions designed to make their spaces safer against evolving threats.
“Health threats are never going away, but we can certainly do more to mitigate them. The only way to do that is to be proactive, not reactive,” says David Greenstein, TestZone co-founder and CEO. “To that end, a strategic Health Security program is now imperative for any successful organization.”
“Viruses are smart, as evidenced by how this new coronavirus has spread like wildfire around the world. We must, and can, be smarter. Public health professionals have long known what is needed to control viral disease outbreaks: multiple overlapping interventions which target both the microbe and the humans they infect,” says Angus Thomson, PhD, Senior Advisor for TestZone. “Like a slice of swiss cheese, each individual intervention – symptom screening, surface cleaning, preventive behaviors, testing and contract tracing – have limitations or ‘holes,’ which may let the virus leak through. But when you layer multiple interventions together in a Health Security program the holes are blocked and the entry and spread of the virus is mitigated.”
TestZone provides comprehensive turnkey programs to keep spaces safer. Programs include expert consultative design that may include symptom screening, hygiene and sanitation measures, behavior change communications, fully-staffed onsite and at-home viral testing, and contact tracing. All of this is coordinated and managed at the individual level through an innovative app, developed by technologists and public health experts from Harvard and MIT, which allows reporting and tracking of symptoms, test appointments and results, contacts, and vaccination records.
TestZone’s experts in diagnostics and the regulatory environment are constantly tracking the rapid developments in new tests, including regulatory approvals, to secure access to the most appropriate testing solutions. Close monitoring of the rapidly evolving science of COVID-19 means that TestZone programs are informed by the most robust science available.
“Advances in testing technology often show great promise, but those promises often go unfulfilled for lack of a way to implement them effectively. TestZone prides itself on identifying the right technology for the right application to benefit public health. To meet that goal, we are purposely test agnostic, constantly on the lookout for new solutions that can advance our mission,” says Elliot Cowan, Chief Regulatory Officer, TestZone.
“IT Security companies don’t protect against just one malware or one phishing scam. Health Security must be about comprehensive protection,” says Greenstein.
TestZone’s current services include:
TestZone’s experts in diagnostics and the regulatory environment are constantly tracking the rapid developments in new tests, including regulatory approvals, to secure access to the most appropriate testing solutions for our clients. Close monitoring of the rapidly evolving science of COVID-19 ensures that TestZone programs are informed by the most robust science available.
“Going forward, Health Security needs to be a way of life for organizations of all sizes. No one understands that better than we do. We created TestZone with experts in diagnostics, behavioral science and public health — the perfect team of professionals who are all passionate about making the world safer,” says Mike Reed, PhD, co-founder and Chief Science Officer, TestZone. “Organizations need science and health expertise on their side.”
For more information and to schedule a briefing with TestZone founders, please visit. www.testzonedx.com.
Headquartered in Stamford, CT, TestZone, Inc. is a global health security company at the forefront of the science that provides universities and businesses with multi-layered turnkey health security screening programs to identify health threats quickly and take action to mitigate spread. Founded by a group of recognized leading experts in medical science and public health, TestZone creates customizable onsite solutions that combine screening, behavioral and IT systems to make spaces safer. For more information connect on LinkedIn or visit https://www.testzonedx.com/.
© P_Wei/Getty Images Disney California Adventure theme park plans to host a food festival tentatively by March Disney announced it will tentatively host a food festival at California Adventure Park in mid-March. The “all-new, limited-time ticketed experience” will also feature “unique, carefully crafted entertainment experiences.” Disney recalled about 1,000 employees who were laid off or […]
Disney announced on Monday plans to host a food festival tentatively scheduled for mid-March after the state lifted its stay-at-home order last month.
In a letter commemorating the 20th anniversary of the California Adventure Park, Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said the “all-new, limited-time ticketed experience” will feature “world-famous food and beverage offerings from around the resort, the latest merchandise and unique, carefully crafted entertainment experiences.”
The event will have “limited capacity and enhanced health and safety measures in place,” Potrock added. The food festival prompted the company to recall about 1,000 employees who were laid off or furloughed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“This past year has presented extraordinary challenges, but that has not curtailed in any way our ability to move forward with a spirit of optimism,” Potrock said in the memo to employees.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a regional stay-at-home order in early December of last year as COVID-19 infections surged in the state. Newsom lifted the order on January 25 “as projected ICU availability over 4 weeks in all regions rose to over 15%,” according to a press release.
Disneyland and its rides will still remain closed amid the ongoing pandemic. California reported nearly 10,500 cases and more than 200 deaths on Monday. More than three million cases have been reported in California, and the death toll in the state surpassed 44,000.
Legislators in Oregon are considering whether to allow the state’s Department of Agriculture to increase fees for food safety program fees.
The bill in question, Senate Bill 33, has the backing of Gov. Kate Brown. In addition to the fee increases the bill would declare an emergency in relation to the food safety programs, according to the summary of the bill.
“This 2021 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2021 Act takes effect on its passage,” states Section 2 of the bill.
The bill involves 15 percent increases in the next two state fiscal years for food safety program fees. It specifically states that it does not alter or effect the agriculture department’s authority to adopt rules imposing additional license fees.
If approved by the Oregon lawmakers, the legislation would allow the agriculture department to increase the program fees by 15 percent in each of the two coming fiscal years, which begin on July 1 in 2022 and 2023.
The emergency declaration in the proposed legislation would become effective immediately upon the bill’s approval.
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DENVER (KDVR) — The months-delayed state health department review of Colorado’s ketamine waiver program will remain confidential, according to Michelle Reese, a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) employee familiar with the ketamine review.
“We intend to keep not only the work of the investigatory panel confidential but also the members at least until a final report is produced,” said Reese, who provided an update during Monday’s Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council meeting.
The group, also called EMPAC, is responsible for approving ketamine waivers for medical directors. The waivers allow paramedics, practicing under the medical director’s supervision, to administer the drug to patients prior to arriving at a hospital.
Reese said details about the review mostly would be kept confidential.
FOX31 reported in December that CDPHE had quietly paused the review process before ever naming any panelists despite an August 2020 announcement by CDPHE’s executive director, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, that the review would immediately begin.
“We wanted to connect with the AG’s office and make sure that he work that we were going to be doing would not interfere with their investigations,” said Reese of the Colorado Attorney General’s investigation into Elijah McClain’s death, which was announced prior to the ketamine review announcement, in June 2020.
McClain died in August 2019 days after an altercation in which police used the carotid hold on him and after paramedics subdued him with ketamine.
Reese said the ketamine review process had once again resumed, but the public would not be made aware of the progress until the review was complete.
“We want (the panel of experts) to be able to do their work unfettered and without fear of recrimination – for any individual member – as far as expressing their opinion and feeling comfortable that they can do so without being harassed or contacted. So, we really are going to try to keep the workings and everything of this panel confidential until everything is concluded.”
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