California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced a “Twindemic” will be upon us soon with COVID and flu season in the fall, and a new partnership with PerkinElmer, Inc. a diagnostic company, to build a laboratory within the state, and ramp up COVID-19 testing. This announcement came on the heels of the Center for Disease Control announcement that it no longer recommends testing people without symptoms.
“This will not be the policy of the state of CA,” Newsom Tweeted. We thought he was following the science.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday also withdrew its recommendation/requirement for travelers to quarantine for 14 days after an overseas or out of state trip during the coronavirus pandemic.
This will not be the policy of the state of CA. https://t.co/TG1mSuiTUQ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 26, 2020
“California is increasing its #COVID19 testing capacity ahead of the upcoming flu season,” the governor Tweeted. And for those unsure when this business lockdown and mask-wearing will ever end in California, Gov. Newsom said “the goal is to stand up a laboratory facility and begin processing tens of thousands of additional tests by November 1 and run at full capacity by no later than March 1, 2021.”
During his press conference Wednesday, Newsom said that because we are moving into the flu season soon, people are going to be demanding more flu tests. So in anticipation of increased testing during a “Twindemic,” he and PerkinElmer are collaborating to “disrupt the market” with a California laboratory, “help break supply chain logjams and drive down the costs for tests.”
Newsom said the turn-around time for COVID-19 tests has been as high as 10+ days, while the average is around 5-7 days. “Past a few days, tests lose their meaning in terms of contact tracing and quarantining.”
California has administered 10.8 million COVID tests at a cost of $150-$200 per test.
Newsom said the cost would go down in California with this partnership, and he can order ramped-up testing. His goal is 150,000 per day.
“This is exactly what the federal government should be doing,” Newsom added.
However, as California Globe reported Tuesday, “10,652,487 Californians have been tested for COVID – a quarter of the state’s population – with 668,615 “confirmed cases,” meaning people who have tested positive, most without symptoms. This leaves 9,983,872 Californians who tested negative for COVID -19.”
“It will greatly expand California’s ability to track and prevent COVID-19 infections across the state and create additional testing capacity that will allow the state to increase testing in communities at high risk for contracting COVID-19, like essential workers, those in congregate settings and communities of color,” Newsom said.
“California is using its market power to combat global supply chain challenges and protect Californians in the fight against COVID-19. Supply chains across the country have slowed as demand for COVID-19 tests has increased, and flu season will only exacerbate the problem,” said Governor Newsom. “So we are building our own laboratory capabilities right here on California soil with a stable supply chain to fight the disease, lower the prices of testing for everyone and protect Californians most at risk from COVID-19.”
One week ago, California Globe reported how Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly spent most of a press conference “discussing COVID-19 in children, and how the seasonal flu will be upon us soon, while we are still dealing with COVID. His recommendation is to get early flu vaccinations, and then get a COVID vaccination when it becomes available. Mostly, his language made it clear that Californians are being set up for continuing lockdowns with COVID and the upcoming seasonal flu, which has never shut the state down.”
Conversely, the CDC testing notice says: “Except for rare situations, a test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when an individual with a COVID-19 infection is no longer infectious (i.e., to discontinue Transmission-Based Precautions or home isolation).”
“We are besotted with these public health authorities and government officials who made a terrible, life-wrecking error,” Jeffrey Tucker wrote at American Institute for Economic Research. “They can’t admit it because the devastation has been so complete.”
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