Free COVID-19 testing could soon be available to every one of the 58 counties in California thanks to UC San Francisco. UCSF announced it will provide free testing, indefinitely, to all California Departments of Public Health, reports KRON4.
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This announcement comes a week after they began offering COVID-19 analysis in all nine Bay Area counties and comes thanks to a recent laboratory expansion increasing their testing capacity.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this service to all county Departments of Public Health across California,” UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, said. “UCSF’s mission is to advance public health, and the analysis of tests statewide will allow us to support this goal, focusing on the needs of Californians, including the most vulnerable in our communities.”
UCSF’s new lab cames thanks to an executive order from California Gov. Gavin Newsom that provides flexibility in some state regulations governing how diagnostic laboratories are staffed. Following the governor’s order, they were able to quickly build out the lab with the help of UCSF graduate students and volunteers.
No specific information has yet been released. The UCSF website is here.