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Newsom says state is working to increase COVID-19 testing capacity


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is working to speed up coronavirus testing and has already significantly reduced California’s backlog of tests.

Newsom said Saturday there are 13,000 COVID-19 tests awaiting results out of the 126,000 test taken in the state.

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He acknowledged that the backlog of tests has been frustrating.

“The issue of testing, I own that and you deserve more and better and that’s what I’m committed to advancing to you today,” Newsom said.

Newsom announced a new testing task force and a partnership with UC Davis and UC San Diego to create hubs that will significantly increase the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

He also said Stanford Medical has a new blood test, the first in the state.

Newsom also announced a new website where people can contribute, either for donation or purchase, medical supplies to help support the state’s outbreak response:

California now has 12,026 confirmed cases and 276 deaths.

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