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March 16, 2020

Around the nation: New York opens drive-thru COVID-19 testing center

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    The center, which opened Friday, will be in New Rochelle, the "epicenter of the outbreak" in New York, according to The Hill, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, California, and New York.

    • Arizona/California: Lyft and LogistiCare Solutions recently announced a multiyear expansion of their partnership. The companies have been in partnership since 2017. Through the partnership, CommonSpirit Health will be able to coordinate on-demand Lyft rides for patients using LogistiCare. Megan Callahan, VP of health care at Lyft, said the ridesharing industry is "starting to recognize the impact of transportation on overall health," adding that the company is "proud to expand [its] partnership with LogistiCareTop of Form" (O'Brien, HealthLeaders Media, 3/12).

    • California: Juul Labs on Thursday announced co-founder James Monsees plans to step down as an adviser and board member of the company. Monsees previously served as chief product officer for the company. Juul is currently facing lawsuits that claim the company targeted minors in its marketing (LaVito, Bloomberg, 3/12)

    • New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on Thursday announced the state on Friday would open its first drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility. It's located in New Rochelle, which The Hill reports is the "epicenter of the outbreak in the state." The drive-thru facility will be by appointment only, and New Rochelle residents who are already quarantined will be tested first, Cuomo said (Johnson, The Hill, 3/12).

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