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School Testing

San Diego’s Pharmatech Laboratory and Diagnostics, Inc. announced last week that with many public schools returning to in-classroom learning, it was piloting a COVID-19 testing program with the Jamul-Dulzura Union School District. It will offer free weekly testing to district staff, students and their families. The East County school district encompasses 163 square miles of semi-rural East County, where Pharmatech says testing has been limited.
“Even as vaccine rates increase, COVID-19 testing will remain an important tool in reducing the spread of the virus among younger individuals who can unknowingly carry the virus to more vulnerable individuals,” said Dr. Thomas Aucoin, Pharmatech vice president. 
Pharmatech has administered more that 100,000 COVID-19 tests in recent months.
“This is another tool we’re using to help keep our students, their families and our staff safe and healthy,” said Liz Bysedt, superintendent of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School District.
Under the program, students and staff can be tested before school begins, and families can be tested at noon the same day. Test results are returned to the school before school starts the next day. All tests are run by Pharmatech licensed labs in San Diego.

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Some good news was announced last week by the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors when they announced that open houses can now resume.
The in-person showings of properties listed throughout the region are now permitted as long as they follow indoor gathering capacity limits. San Diego is currently in the orange tier in which indoor gatherings are still discouraged, but are allowed where capacity is 25 percent or fewer.
Open houses give potential buyers a way to view properties listed throughout the area and are usually held on weekends to attract attention to homes currently on the market. When COVID-19 hit, these were prohibited. With the pandemic, most agents relied on the internet.

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According to the San Diego Workforce Partnership, most county businesses added jobs in April, with 7,000 being added in hospitality. Restaurants and bars alone added 4,500 jobs. With businesses now anticipating and preparing for the governor’s long-awaited June 15 opening of the economy, it should be one great summer.

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