VOICE News Staff
Sacramento, CA – During his daily press briefing on Saturday Governor Newsom announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Testing Task Force to boost the state’s testing capacity.
The Testing Task Force will be a public-private collaboration that will work with stakeholders across the state to quickly and significantly boost California’s testing capacity. The Task Force plans to scale up testing as demand increases.
In support of the testing effort Newsom announced three specific collaborations–the Universities of California, San Diego and Davis to establish high throughput testing hubs; Stanford Medicine to launch the first serology test invented in California; and Abbott Laboratories to deploy the first rapid point-of-care test across 13 health care delivery systems and 75 sites.
The Task Force, co-chaired by California Department of Public Health Assistant Director Charity Dean, M.D., M.P.H. and Blue Shield of California President and CEO Paul Markovich.
In addition, the governor announced the launch of a new website, covid19supplies.ca.gov, to get critical medical supplies to the front lines in the state’s fight against COVID-19.
The new site allows both individuals and companies to donate, sell or offer to manufacture 13 of the most essential medical supplies, in the fight against the virus including ventilators, N95 respirators and testing materials. The governor called on companies, organizations and individuals who have medical supplies to contribute, either for donation or purchase.
Commenting about these strategies Newsom said, “These actions marshal the generosity and innovative spirit of Californians to help us achieve two essential goals: getting more lifesaving supplies into our health care system and increasing our testing capacity.”