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California COVID-19 testing backlog cut by two-thirds


Gov. Gavin Newsom listens to a reporters question during a news conference to update the state’s response to the coronavirus at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Monday, March 23, 2020. Newsom announced the closure of all state parking lots to discourage people from congregating at the state beaches and other public spaces during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has cut its COVID-19 testing backlog by more than two-thirds.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday the state has 13,000 pending tests as of Friday, down from more than 59,000 pending tests a day earlier. Still, California has tested just 126,000 of the state’s nearly 40 million residents.

Newsom says he has a responsibility as governor to do better.

He announced partnerships with two research university campuses to set up between five and seven testing hubs throughout the state, and said Stanford University was close to getting approval for an antibody test, which would determine who is immune to the virus. 

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