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To reopen, California must test at least 60,000 people daily for coronavirus — up from 16,000

  1. California has added 80 testing sites to the 600 now operating in hospitals, clinics, homeless shelters and pop-up sites. Gov. Newsom said the new ones will be added in “testing deserts” — rural areas and poor urban communities that are disproportionately harmed by COVID-19.
  2. More than half of the existing test sites said in a state survey that their biggest roadblock to expansion is that they lack enough swabs, which are used to collect nasal and throat specimens. According to Gov. Newsom’s April 27th press briefing, California received 90,000 swabs last week and is scheduled to receive 250,000 next week and more the week after that.
  3. If labs had enough equipment and could operate “100% at full throttle,” California could conduct 95,000 tests a day, Newsom said. But this doesn’t account for many people who need to be tested multiple times to determine when they are free of the virus.
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