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ABC’s hit medical drama The Good Doctor was preparing to get back into production with the hopes of filming resuming by mid-August at the latest, but according to sources for The Hollywood Reporter, the pre-production plans have been halted due to issues with COVID-19 testing.

A spokesperson for Sony Pictures Television told the outlet that “there is an issue with COVID-19 testing, which we are working to resolve with the BC Council.

Additional sources have revealed that the issue revolves around “how often individuals on set are tested.”

Reports suggest there are certain members of the cast or crew who want to be tested more often than the BC Council allows. The Council itself is an amalgamation of “three different local unions.”

“One insider says that because the virus is more managed in Canada than in the U.S., the BC Council feels that testing doesn’t need to be as frequent as others think it might.”

The Hollywood Reporter reached out to them for comment but they reportedly have not yet responded.

The publication noted that COVID-19 testing has been a “thorny issue for producers to sort through,” as has been the case for many television productions, not just limited to The Good Doctor.

Trying to determine the right amount of COVID-19 testing for those involved is a “fluid” situation, but one that must be managed to adhere to the CDC guidelines to resume filming.

As noted by the outlet, the ABC drama is not the first to run into issues with COVID-19 testing. Long-running soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful recently had to shut down for a few days while they figured out how to address the problem, although they have since resumed production.

The Good Doctor was renewed for a fourth season back in February and it is supposed to debut this fall. Depending on how long it takes to get the COVID-19 testing situation sorted, there is a possibility the new season could wind up being delayed.

Fans have taken to Twitter to express their frustration about the news. Most have been understanding and are happy that safety is being prioritized over everything else, but some viewers are upset they won’t be getting a promo or learning more about the fate of certain characters.

“Not again! I’m glad they are being extra careful!” wrote one fan alongside a sad face emoji and a GIF reaction.

“So sad, but I guess all the shows are doing this. Thank God for Netflix in the meantime,” said another.

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WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) —  As the sun bakes the Bay Area, local doctors agree on one thing: you probably aren’t drinking enough water.

Dr. William Mills, an ER doctor with John Muir Concord worries about heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those spending hours in the blistering sun.

“If you have been working in the sun for a few hours and you haven’t had to urinate – that indicates that you aren’t drinking enough water,” Dr. Mills told KPIX5.

If you do start feeling overheated, thirsty, woozy and stop sweating, Dr. Mills recommends getting inside immediately. He says there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your core temperature before heat exhaustion or heat stroke sets in.

“The best thing that you can do is to expose as much skin as possible and either mist your self with a spray bottle and sit in front of a fan or dab yourself with a cool cloth and sit in front of a fan,” Dr. Mills said.

Also recommended, cold showers and baths.

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