Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) visited Los Angeles County on Friday to unveil a new laboratory that will greatly improve COVID-19 testing in the state as the holidays approach. Currently, the test fee is approximately $150. Newsom said that with the full operation of the laboratory, testing costs will be reduced to about 30 US dollars. “The laboratory is being carried out in due course,” Newsom pointed out that cases in several states across the country are surging. The number of Daily COVID-19 cases in the United States reached a record high on Thursday, and experts warned that the death rate could triple by mid-January. The Valencia Lab, which opened on Friday, is part of a partnership with PerkinElmer, Massachusetts. Newsom said in a vote at the Golden 1
Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) visited Los Angeles County on Friday to unveil a new laboratory that will greatly improve the state’s COVID-19 testing as the holidays approach.
Currently, the test fee is approximately $150. According to Newsom, with the full operation of the laboratory, testing costs will drop to about $30.
Newsom said: “The laboratory was conducted at the right time.” He pointed out that the number of cases in multiple states in the United States is increasing rapidly. On Thursday, the U.S. daily COVID-19 cases reached a record high, and experts warned that the death rate could triple in mid-January.
The Valencia laboratory opened on Friday as part of a collaboration with PerkinElmer, Massachusetts, and was touted as a way to reduce test costs and shorten the turnaround time for results.
In voting at the Golden 1 Center on Thursday, Newsom said that expanding the scope of testing is key to working to reopen more schools in California.
The Newsom authority stated that the new facility will allow the state to process an additional 150,000 COVID diagnostic tests per day. As of Tuesday, California conducted an average of nearly 134,000 tests per day.
California has established a relationship with PerkinElmer for 30 years. The company conducts newborn screening for the state and conducts other genetic testing programs.
PerkinElmer will use the polymerase chain reaction diagnostic test, which Newsom calls the gold standard. But the contract signed by the state says that once new technologies emerge, the company can switch to new testing technologies.
-The Associated Press reported on the matter.