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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.

USC, LA County Launch Antibody Testing Pilot for COVID-19

It's a simple blood test, a finger prick, but the results could represent an important next step in the fight against COVID-19. Drive-thru blood testing began on Friday at six locations in L.A. County as part of a new pilot study headed by Dr. Neeraj Sood of University of Southern California, in partnership with the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Spectrum News 1

Large-scale COVID-19 antibody testing study launched in California

As Los Angles County reaches over 9,000 reported COVID-19 cases and nearly 300 deaths, a huge unknown remains here and across the nation: How bad is it? With a population of 10 million, larger than those of more than 40 states, the county is a prime location to launch a large-scale study that aims to answer that question and learn more about antibodies that could potentially provide immunity from COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus, according to public health and policy experts. NBC News

COVID-19 antibody testing study begins in LA County

Could an antibody test be the key to easing our stay at home orders? Antibody testing began today at six different locations in LA County; it’s believed to be the first of its kind testing in the US. USC Price’s Dr. Neeraj Sood spoke to FOX 11’s Susan Hirasuna via Zoom to explain how the antibody test works. Fox 11

How far has coronavirus spread? This test is a first step in trying to get back to normal life

It has been one of the most glaring unanswered questions of the coronavirus crisis: How much has the virus spread? A new study in Los Angeles County might help provide some answers. Starting Friday, county health officials will begin testing the blood of 1,000 randomly selected residents, including those with no symptoms, to see if they have or had COVID-19. Using emerging technology that tests for antibodies to a virus, the study has the potential to shed light on the true mortality rate of the coronavirus, the efficacy of social distancing efforts and when this unprecedented clampdown on daily life could end. Los Angeles Times

USC-L.A. County antibody testing may reveal when it’s safe to go back to work

As Americans wonder when COVID-19 infections may ease and when people can return to work, USC and Los Angeles County are conducting a study that could hold the answers. Today and Saturday, researchers from USC and the county are testing the blood of 1,000 randomly selected individuals for COVID-19 antibodies for a study that could help chart the safest path toward post-pandemic life. USC News

Antibody testing starting Friday in L.A. County to find past COVID-19 infections

Six sites across Los Angeles County will be used to test for coronavirus antibodies in 1,000 people to find out how many have already fought off the virus, USC Price School of Public Policy officials said Thursday. The pilot serology tests will start on Friday and Saturday and take place at drive-thru sites throughout the county every two weeks to track the trajectory of the pandemic, according to a news release from the school. KTLA

California’s next renewable energy goal: A million solar batteries

In 2006, California’s pledge to build 1 million solar energy systems on homes, schools, farms and businesses was visionary and audacious, but achievable. By the end of the decade, we hit the million solar roofs milestone through a combination of smart government policy, a supportive business coalition and willing consumers.   A new decade calls for a new goal: 1 million solar batteries by 2028. Cal Matters

It’s Dangerous to Test Only the Sick

President Trump says 1.4 million tests for the novel coronavirus will become available this week. That’s welcome news. But officials are about to make a mistake. The president said testing will be limited to people who believe they may be infected. Wall Street Journal

Bernie Sanders rivals staying in the race prop him up and fall victim to game theory problem

A USC Price-Schwarzenegger California Issues Poll conducted in the first half of February found that Sanders was the top choice among likely Democratic primary voters at 29.2%, with Biden in second at 21.4%, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 20.2%, Bloomberg at 7.7%, Buttigieg at 5.8%, and Klobuchar at 2.7%. Based on that poll, it is plausible that “Sanders could beat the 15% delegate threshold while all these other candidates get just under 15% of the delegate total. If one’s goal is to stop Bernie Sanders, it makes sense for one candidate to emerge as the focal point of the stop Bernie group,” Grose said. Washington Examiner

County Addresses Long Lines, Wait Times At Vote Centers

L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said in a Tuesday night press conference that his office had considered going to court to extend the hours, but felt that would not be appropriate since voters were already at the vote centers. CBS Local