California’s governor and San Francisco’s mayor worked together to act early in confronting the COVID threat. For Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, it was a different story, and 27,000 New Yorkers have died so far.
At a time when a shortage of tests still impedes efforts to grapple with the virus in many parts of California and the rest of the U.S., it is noteworthy that Mayor Eric Garcetti is now offering testing to all 10 million-plus residents of the nation’s largest county.
Some lawmakers want to push forward with their agendas from before the pandemic, particularly those related to public health, despite legislative leaders asking that work be constrained to bills directly related to the virus.
Three California jurisdictions are using a new way for patients to provide samples instead of the long swab up a nostril that must be performed by a health care provider. Could this help ramp up testing or are the results too uncertain?