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48.6K Coronavirus Tests Still Pending in California

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Streamlined reporting adds to the tally of tests for the novel coronavirus conducted in California — but results are still pending for tens of thousands of them.

Even as California continues to add tests for the novel coronavirus to its arsenal — including 150,000 flown in from Hong Kong — tens of thousands of results are still pending, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.

Newsom reported that as of Tuesday, 66,800 tests for the novel coronavirus have been conducted in California. It’s a massive increase of 39,200 since Monday, because of improved reporting from public health, commercial, and university labs processing California’s tests.

“A lot of new providers, small labs, only submit positive tests, not just negative tests, and a lot of folks are sitting on paperwork,” Newsom said. “Over the course of last week, we’ve been scrubbing all of those and getting down into some of the smallest collection labs in order to make sure that everybody is on the same page. “

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