SAT MAR 21 COVID-19 UPDATES: FDA approves 'rapid' test

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(WOWT) -- Here's a review of Saturday's local, state, and national developments in the COVID-19 outbreak:

11:44 p.m. -- The first rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It can detect the virus in approximately 45 minutes. California-based Cepheid, which makes the test, says it can start shipping next week.

10:44 p.m -- The second case reported in the Kearney area is a relative of its first case, reported on Friday.

10:06 p.m. -- Six more people in Douglas County have tested positive: three are travel-related, and three are contacts of a positive case.

9:53 p.m. -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced late Saturday all sides were “very close” to a bipartisan resolution ballooning $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package.

9:09 p.m. -- Lincoln confirms a second case: a family member of the first case, identified yesterday.

8:11 p.m. -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have tested negative for coronavirus.

7 p.m. -- The Grand Ole Opry is streaming an acoustic concert live to an empty venue. Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Mary Stuart are performing and you'll be able to watch the performance live on Circle, Facebook, and Youtube.

3:35 p.m. -- According to a 55th Wing Commander at Offutt Air Force Base on Facebook, a husband, and wife at the base have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19. They are currently being monitored.

2:20 p.m. -- Google has unveiled a new website that links users to COVID-19 data, safety videos, and relief efforts.

2 p.m. -- The Pottawattamie County Health Department has reported its second positive COVID-19 case. Additionally, the Iowa Department of Health has confirmed 23 more positive cases, bringing the total in Iowa to 68 cases.

1:15 a.m. -- Texas Roadhouse on 156th and Dodge is offering raw steaks to-go for customers to take home and cook themselves while the restaurants practice gathering restrictions.

11:35 a.m. -- President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force gave an update on the U.S. efforts to combat COVID-19 during a live news conference.

10:30 a.m. -- Mula Restaurant in the Blackstone District gave back to health care workers today, offering free tacos.

10 a.m. -- USA Track and Field chief has joined the rebellion against the U.S. Olympics as they push for the Tokyo Games to be postponed amid coronavirus concerns.

8:30 a.m. -- At least 13 states have postponed voting and more are expected to do the same as health officials reign in on social distancing coronavirus containment measures.

6:41 a.m. -- Pope Francis calls on Catholics to pray for families who aren't able to leave their homes. [TWEET]


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