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Nevada Halts Use of Rapid Coronavirus Tests in Nursing Homes, Citing Inaccuracies

Kristen Cardillo, BD’s vice president of global communication, said the company was aware of the situation in Nevada and was “conducting thorough investigations.” She added that “based on the information in the directive and the total tests performed, we believe the rate of reported false positives is well within what we would expect for the BD Veritor System.”

Representatives for the Department of Health and Human Services did not respond to requests for comment.

Concerns have also been raised about the ability of antigen tests to accurately pinpoint infections, especially if administered during a period when a person harbors low levels of the coronavirus. BD’s test is advertised as having a false negative rate of 16 percent. Quidel’s is just above 3 percent. The directive from Nevada’s department of health did not report whether the negative antigen test results from nursing homes — there were nearly 3,700 such results — had been confirmed by P.C.R.

In a call with LeadingAge members on Monday, Adm. Brett Giroir, who has been leading the nation’s testing efforts, said antigen tests were “clearly a lifesaving option,” and for many facilities the best test available, given the delays, expenses and shortages that had plagued P.C.R. tests.

“It is perfectly acceptable for congregate care, particularly nursing homes, to use an antigen test, even if they are, quote, off-label,” Dr. Giroir said in the interview. “Just because they don’t have an authorization doesn’t mean they’re not good for it.”

In response to questions about false positives, Dr. Giroir reminded LeadingAge members that in places where the coronavirus is scarce, false positives should be expected to outnumber true positives and do not necessarily invalidate the usefulness of a test. “That’s a function of the way life is,” Dr. Giroir said.

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American Homes 4 Rent to Open Kings Crossings Community in North Las Vegas, Nevada

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AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH) is pleased to introduce Kings Crossings in North Las Vegas, Nev., which joins its rapidly growing family of newly built single-family rental home communities. Kings Crossings is AH4R’s 57th new rental home community and its fourth in the Las Vegas market, building upon the success of its Big Buffalo, Cactus Cliff and Desert Wind Ranch communities.

“American Homes 4 Rent is proud to open our new Kings Crossings community that provides Las Vegas home shoppers a superior new choice in American housing,” said Zack Johnson, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Development for AH4R. “Our newly constructed Kings Crossings community offers all the benefits of single-family living with the financial flexibility and low-maintenance lifestyle of leasing.”

Kings Crossings adds 81 homes built, owned and operated by AH4R to its existing portfolio of more than 1,000 units in the Las Vegas market.

“AH4R is revolutionizing the industry as the nation’s leading builder of single-family rental communities,” said Robert Broad, Senior Vice President of Development for AH4R. “The homes at Kings Crossings offer residents high-quality features and unique neighborhood amenities such as a community pool and miles of walking trails.” 

The homes at Kings Crossings feature desert landscaping and pet-friendly yards. All homes are designed with open concept floorplans, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, luxury vinyl plank flooring, elegant bathrooms, quality fixtures and two-car garages.    

Kings Crossings features three- and four-bedroom homes ranging in size from approximately 1,400 to 2,100 square feet. Pricing starts from the $1,700s per month. The well-located neighborhood provides residents with quick access to local job centers, dining, shopping and entertainment.

Prospective

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