Newsom says Stanford test for coronavirus immunity in California ‘hours’ from approval

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The project's isolation units will serve three critical public health services to those now unhoused by prioritizing individuals classified as high-risk and asymptomatic, provide isolation capacity for those that have been exposed to COVID-19 that don't require hospitalization and for those that have tested positive for COVID-19.

California is ramping up testing for coronavirus even as a backlog of 59,000 pending tests is growing, delaying some people from getting results for up to 12 days and leaving an incomplete picture of how widespread the outbreak is in the state. The number of people awaiting results has been cut from almost 60,000 to 13,000, Newsom said.

He cited collaboration with other states' procurement agencies, as well as governor-only calls held by the National Governors' Association.

We have just now 13,000 tests out of the 126,700.

"A lot of that has to do with the commercial labs stepping up", Newsom said.

Newsom also announced there were more point-of-care tests available that would be able to give patients results within 15 minutes.

"Our decision on that basis, at least here in the state of California, will be determined by the facts, will be determined by the health experts, will be determined by our capacity to meet this moment, bend the curve, and have the appropriate community surveillance and testing to confidently determine whether or not that's appropriate", Newsom said.

While California struggled with coronavirus testing, Newson said it excelled in its stay-at-home order that is expected to continue.

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The shutdown of public libraries and other facilities has made it hard for people without homes to get clean water and food or use the bathroom. "We can not allow people to start congregating again".

Newsom revealed a new website where manufacturers and companies can offer supplies (covid19supplies.ca.gov) to the state and partnerships with UC Davis and UC San Diego.

But Newsom unveiled a potential bright spot amid the pandemic with the announcement of a task force.

On Friday, President Donald Trump detailed new CDC recommendations that Americans wear face coverings to mitigate spread.

Another company, Abbott Laboratories, has committed to 75 testing sites at hospital and health-care centers. "We've received just over 1 million from the federal government".

"It's a new day and we've turned the page, " to increase testing, Newsom said.

Prioritize individuals experiencing homelessness who are asymptomatic, but are at high risk, such as people over 65 or who have certain underlying health conditions, and move them into motel or hotel units where they can more safely self-isolate. In response to an emailed inquiry, the California Department of Public Health said the biggest challenge right now is shortages in the supply chain, and the goal is to ensure all Californians who need testing can access it.

"We lose these windows of opportunity when we don't have the flexibility to say yes quickly", Bacalao said. "This is not just "hot spots" but spans across the entire geography of the state".

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