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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/30/2020 01:22 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/30/2020 01:22 PM
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Governor Newsom Cuts Ribbon on California’s New Laboratory, Which Will Increase State’s COVID-19 Testing Capacity and Reduce Turnaround Times

Valencia, CA...Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the opening of an innovative new laboratory in California that will increase the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity, reduce test turnaround time and create hundreds of new California jobs. The $25 million lab, built in conjunction with major diagnostics company PerkinElmer, will begin processing tests starting in November and work toward full capacity of 150,000 tests by March 2021. The lab was constructed ahead of schedule.





The additional testing capacity will allow California to better serve schools, health care providers and hard-to-reach communities like essential workers, those in congregate settings and communities of color, who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. The additional capacity comes just as flu season arrives and the need for testing is expected to spike statewide because the symptoms of COVID-19 and flu are similar.

“Earlier in this pandemic, our ability to test Californians for COVID-19 and get results quickly was hampered by supply chain challenges and overwhelmed laboratories – so we built our own supply chain and our own lab with PerkinElmer,” said Governor Newsom. “This new laboratory will allow California to ensure its testing capacity is timely, equitable and cost-effective – just when Californians need it most.”

The laboratory has already created 300 new California jobs. When the lab is running at full capacity, it will employ 700 people, with an emphasis on California hiring.

Under its contract, PerkinElmer is contractually required to turn around test results in 24-48 hours. That timeline is critical to boxing in the spread of COVID-19 because it allows for timely contact tracing, quarantine and isolation.

Under the contract with PerkinElmer, the state will utilize polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic testing, which is considered the gold standard of testing. The state continues to evaluate new technological breakthroughs in testing, which is why the contract includes provisions that enable the contractor to adopt new technology at a lower price point. Additionally, the state plans to leverage multiple technologies or modalities with multiple laboratory partners to ensure that we diversify our testing capabilities.

The per-test cost would be $30.78 at 150,000 tests per day. While it is not a precise apples-to-apples comparison, Medicare and Medicaid both reimburse at roughly $100 per test, while the average cost of a COVID-19 test ranges from $150 – $200 per test. To support this contract at the lowest cost to taxpayers, the state will enter into a contract for third-party billing services to recoup costs from health insurance companies or other payers.

In addition, California worked with Burlingame-based Color, a health technology company, to create a user-friendly front-end interface for its expanded testing program.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-30 13:24:22   By: Anonymous
 
Thanks Governor Newsom for being the adult in a room filed with children.

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    Posted on: 2020-10-30 14:01:41   By: Anonymous
     
    Just more money for him to piss away. Money that California does not have. RECALL THE LOSER!

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      Posted on: 2020-10-30 14:40:09   By: Anonymous
       
      For a state our size, with 40,000,000 people, this us a responsible and reasonable expense. Because of our governor's foresight our state now has 1/3 or 1/4 the number of covid cases and/or deaths of states with much smaller populations. I know that is disappointing to those of you who oppose the governor, but he's saved lives by directly confronting the virus. Had our president done the same, rather than running and avoiding the crisis, he would be winning re-election, rather than losing in this landslide of voters.

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        You know not what you say and should not be bragging.
        Posted on: 2020-10-30 21:45:14   By: Anonymous
         
        California was ground zero for this pandemic. We have more Asians than any other state right here...and they travel back to China and everywhere else.

        Hopefully...eventually it will come out that the facts were hidden about the outbreak in the Bay Area and everyone becoming sick from this last year. Many here and Amador County had the exact same symptoms as now known. The virus was here first, it is obvious that is why our cases would go down first.

        But be careful of what you brag about because the cases are ramping right back up because of schools, bars, restaurants and people who refuse to stay in their shut down counties and states.

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          Re: You know not what you say and should not be bragging.
          Posted on: 2020-10-31 07:13:26   By: Anonymous
           
          You really think that Amador went through a pandemic last winter and didn't even notice?

          It's a nice thought, but it's not true.

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        Oh Shut the he77 up!
        Posted on: 2020-10-30 21:55:40   By: Anonymous
         
        The buck stops with him. He is avoiding all the other problems and making many worse. EDD,DMV, homeless..etc..

        https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/10/30/edd-director-resigns-and-nearly-12-000-could-become-homeless-again/6091947002/

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          Re: Oh Shut the he77 up!
          Posted on: 2020-10-31 07:27:29   By: Anonymous
           
          So you also agree the national buck stops at Trump?

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        Posted on: 2020-10-30 22:45:12   By: Anonymous
         
        He has bankrupt the state, he wants money and is trying to get it anywhere he can.

        $166M in fines recommended for PG&E over power shutoffs

        "The office laid out three possible fines, ranging from about $87.5 million to a high of $277.5 million but recommended the PUC adopt the middle range of $165.7 million."

        https://www.kcra.com/article/dollar166m-in-fines-recommended-for-pgande-over-power-shutoffs/34538878

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        Posted on: 2020-10-31 08:05:57   By: Anonymous
         
        the steaming dump would not have been reelected, pandemic or not. The pandemic is why he'll lose by a landslide vs a close race.

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    Posted on: 2020-10-30 14:26:11   By: Anonymous
     
    I don't see one single child in that picture? What are you looking at?
    Are you that person on here that's been said you drink too much, I think it read it in the morning a few days ago.

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      Posted on: 2020-10-30 19:38:17   By: Anonymous
       
      Read your reply back. Now who’s been drinking?

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        Posted on: 2020-10-30 21:57:35   By: Anonymous
         
        Arse! We can all see he just made a typo. Check yourself!

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          Posted on: 2020-10-31 01:23:09   By: Anonymous
           
          Typos are pretty common with drinking. Check yourself ya *bleep*!

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      Posted on: 2020-10-31 07:26:44   By: Anonymous
       
      It was a metaphor for leadership.

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      Posted on: 2020-10-31 08:07:08   By: Anonymous
       
      metaphor, idiot.



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        Posted on: 2020-11-01 11:40:09   By: Anonymous
         
        I meetawhore

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-10-31 07:36:48   By: Anonymous
     
    Repeated Profanity from this IP address

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Good Move
Posted on: 2020-10-30 14:04:50   By: Anonymous
 
Excellent move Governor Newsom. Thank you for addressing this pandemic head on. Better testing is what we need.

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    Re: Good Move
    Posted on: 2020-11-01 07:20:50   By: Anonymous
     
    Over a million cases in the state , yeah Great Job Newsome !

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Great job
Posted on: 2020-10-30 14:15:41   By: Anonymous
 
Great job
Doing what Trump can’t or won’t?!?!

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    Re: Great job
    Posted on: 2020-10-30 14:37:26   By: Anonymous
     
    You all must have your head in the sand. Poor things!

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    Re: /\/\Great job...
    Posted on: 2020-10-30 14:38:45   By: Anonymous
     
    Every governor of every state has his/her duties to perform and the prez really has nothing to do with that. He may not agree with some governors and what they do etc., and give input, but as it dictates each state is autonomous on it's own. Why do you think that each state has its own National Guard? That's just one example. If a conflict broke out in which our whole country is threatened, i.e., enemies coming into the U.S. to bomb everywhere, then all the states work together as a whole; hence, the term United States. Get it?

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      Where's your Bicycle
      Posted on: 2020-10-30 15:38:56   By: Anonymous
       
      Gavin is Pee Wee Hermans stand in

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        Re: Where's your Bicycle
        Posted on: 2020-10-30 17:17:26   By: Anonymous
         
        Yep, and Trump is Satan's stand in.

        Almost 100,000 new coronavirus cases recorded today in the US. Fact!

        Nice work Mr. Trump!

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          Re: Where's your Bicycle
          Posted on: 2020-10-30 18:18:25   By: Anonymous
           
          Yeah yeah it's all Bidens fault

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          Re: Where's your Bicycle
          Posted on: 2020-10-30 22:01:58   By: Anonymous
           
          Why are you not blaming all the people traveling everywhere? Have you noticed all the out of state plates and expired license tags around here lately? How about all the recreation vehicles and trailers everywhere? There is no use even thinking this will ever be contained when people are free to travel everywhere.

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      Re: /\/\Great job...
      Posted on: 2020-10-31 07:17:30   By: Anonymous
       
      Of course the President and federal government play a critical role in a National Disaster!
      Who is the "national strategic stockpile" for, if not residents of this nation. If all states are in their own, why are we the United States??

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-30 18:51:30   By: Anonymous
 
Too bad the DMV doesn’t get the same attention!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-30 21:34:19   By: Anonymous
 
If you are that much afraid of a virus that has a survival rate of over 90% survival rate then just stay home and live in fear, but let others live their lives! Stop getting tested just so that you can be added to the figures and be a statistic! Feeling sick, stay home and recover but don’t ruin it for everyone else! Wish people cared more about the junk that they insert into their bodies like drugs, alcohol and fast food.

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    Posted on: 2020-10-31 07:26:00   By: Anonymous
     
    Good "long covid". Many people have been sick for months with a strange post-viral illness.

    Young people with mild symptoms end up with inflation around the heart. People have heart, lung, kidney and brain damage from Covid.

    The chance of dying is not the only concern with this virus. It causes blood clots and stroke too.

    Hospitals all over the country are full of covid patients and are having to turn people away. They are telling elderly people to go die at home so they can try to save younger ones.

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    Re: /\/\ If you're that afraid...
    Posted on: 2020-10-31 14:18:18   By: Anonymous
     
    Ditto! Yep! I myself really don't care much for fast food anymore myself and I don't do drugs of any kind (except prescriptions) and drink alcohol and no smoking. I find myself to be a lot more healthier myself since I don't imbibe in any foreign substances like that. thank you

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-31 07:58:38   By: Anonymous
 
New Stanford study estimates that 18 Trump rallies have led to 30,000 COVID cases and 700 deaths

https://sebotero.github.io/papers/COVIDrallies_10_30_2000.pdf

Yup, it’s a death cult.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-31 11:49:30   By: Anonymous
 
Stanford Study: 125,764 students in the U.C. System tested positive for ventral diseases, post Covid.

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    Posted on: 2020-10-31 14:57:35   By: Anonymous
     
    96% were black

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