California will not abide by new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that do not recommend Covid-19 testing for those without symptoms, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news conference.
“I don’t agree with the new CDC guidance period, full stop, and it’s not the policy in the state of California. We will not be influenced by that change. We’re influenced by those that are experts in the field that feel very differently. That is not the policy guideline that we will embrace or adopt here in California,” Newsom said.
Nearly 11 million tests have been conducted in California but have leveled off at an average about 100,000 per day. Newsom announced a new partnership today aimed at increasing testing to an average of 250,000 each day.
Today, California Department of Public Health reported an additional 6,004 Covid-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 679,099. Deaths increased by 150 to a total of 12,407.
The positivity rates continue to trend down slightly, with the seven-day rate at 5.8% and the 14-day rate at 6.1%.
“Hospitalizations and ICU is tracking in an encouraging and favorable direction,” Newsom noted.
Note: These numbers were released by California Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.