• Supply shortages are forcing health systems across the country to limit who gets tested for COVID-19, hindering efforts to ramp up testing as flu season approaches, The Wall Street Journal reports. The latest testing problems largely stem from a shortage of reagents, the chemicals used to process the tests, medical officials say. Some hospitals and other testing operations that spent months bolstering their capacity are now reverting to restricting COVID-19 tests to the most essential patients, as they did in the spring.
• The East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters is hosting a Voter Registration Week event through Friday with extended office hours. The office will also be available to assist those who have questions about mail-in ballots, WAFB-TV reports.
• The House is on track today to pass a government-wide temporary funding bill to keep federal agencies fully up and running into December and prevent a partial shutdown of the government after the current budget year expires at the end of the month.
• Hollywood’s unions announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment.
• Major cruise lines say they will test all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the Americas. No date has been set for the resumption of cruising in the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico, however. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a no-sail order for U.S. waters through Sept. 30.
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