Newsom Activates National Guard To Work COVID Test Sites

California Governor Gavin Newsom activated 200 National Guard members to “bolster” COVID-19 testing sites across the state Friday.

The guardsmen will work with 50 Optum Serve sites on an interim basis until complete-time staff can be hired.

“California has led the country’s fight against COVID-19, implementing first-in-the-nation public health measures that have helped save tens of thousands of lives,” Gov. Newsom said. “We continue to sustain communities in their response to COVID by bolstering testing capacity.”

The state has set up 6,000 COVID-19 testing sites across the state as positive situations have little by little increased since December.

The state has averaged 43,697 positive situations with a positivity rate of 21.7%.

Los Angeles reported 43,712 positive situations Friday, which is higher than the complete state’s average.

“If you’re sick, don’t hesitate to get tested,” Newsom said Friday.

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