State finally releases COVID lab report

A technician conducts COVID-19 tests at a new facility Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Valencia, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new $120 million, 134,000 sq. foot coronavirus testing facility in Valencia Friday. The state is working with corporate partner PerkinElmer to run the lab. It will enable the state to process an additional 150,000 COVID-19 tests per day. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)

(CALMATTERS) – A few hours after Newsom departed to Mexico, the state released a seven-month-overdue report into its problem-plagued COVID-19 testing lab, for which it recently auto-renewed a contract worth up to $1.7 billion. State health inspectors had warned in February that the lab could lose its license; in the Monday report, they said the lab had “satisfactorily addressed all the identified deficiencies” and inspections were closing “with no sanctions imposed.” But the report shows that as recently as Oct. 21, state inspectors planned to impose sanctions on

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