California is one of the most populated states in the entire country with over 40 million people.
But despite such a high population, only 126,700 people have been tested.
Instead of blaming President Trump, the California governor appears to understand the relationship between the states and the federal government.
Newsom took responsibility for the COVID-19 testing fumbles in California, stating that he "owns" them.
"The testing space has been a challenging one for us and I own that. And I have a responsibility as your governor to do better and do more testing in the state of California," Newsom said.
"I own that, you deserve better and more," he added.
More details below on Newsom's statement below:
The media and prominent Democrat leaders have been politicizing the COVID-19 pandemic, using every opportunity to criticize President Trump.
One of the top criticisms has been the lack of testing kits.
The CDC infamously bungled the early rollout of testing kits, but responsibility also falls on local and state levels to ensure that hospitals and medical personnel have the equipment that they need.
Furthermore, once the nationwide hurdles were cleared and President Trump temporarily suspended red tape, the testing kits have robustly rolled out nationwide at incredible speed.
Governor Newsom appears to have recognized this and "owns" his own shortcomings, according to the San Francisco Examiner:
Gov. Gavin Newsom said California will significantly increase COVID-19 testing capabilities, adding that he “owns” testing lapses in the state that have made it difficult to track the deadly virus. In a Saturday news conference, Newsom announced a task force that he said will work toward a fivefold increase in daily testing in the state by identifying supply shortages and adding testing locations.
The announcement comes as California continues to see dramatic increases in people hospitalized with the virus, with 2,300 patients in the state. Another 3,267 people hospitalized are suspected of having COVID-19, but are awaiting testing results.
Overnight, the number of coronavirus patients in California’s intensive care unit beds rose nearly 11% to 1,008 people.
In all, Newsom said 126,700 people have been tested in California, a state of nearly 40 million people. Of those who have been tested, 13,000 are awaiting results.
“The testing space has been a challenging one for us and I own that,” Newsom said. “And I have a responsibility as your governor to do better and do more testing in the state of California.”
Public health experts have said widespread testing is crucial to the state’s efforts to accurately assess how many people are infected and where the virus is spreading. However, testing has lagged across the country. For those who have been able to be tested, backlogs in laboratories have led to delays in results, which Newsom said has been equally frustrating.
Testing is critical because it helps experts and authorities understand the scale of the pandemic.
Furthermore, those who know that they are carriers can be extra cautious when it comes to social distancing to minimize the risk of transmission to others.
While Newsome has said he owns his past mistakes, Governor Cuomo continues to occassionally trade barbs with the president.
The COVID-19 pandemic does not behave like a blanket, meaning that it does not impact every corner of the country equally.
Some regions and cities are hit harder than others.
This is why it depends on local and state authorities to act as a first line of defense against the virus.
Still, the federal government, under the directive of President Trump, has been helping states coordinate and strategize cohesive effortsl
The UK Daily Mail confirms that Newsom is not blaming the president, but has created his own task force to fulfill his duties as governor:
But Newsom unveiled a potential bright spot amid the pandemic with the announcement of a task force.
'We are now in a position where I can confidently say it’s a new day,' he said.
'We turning the page on our old approach to how we coordinate, how we collaborate and how we distribute to you in the public around the issue of testing.'
The task force, Newson said, is in partnership with universities like UC David and UC San Diego, laboratories, hospitals and testing companies to create more testing sites.
He added that Stanford, which is also involved in the task force, was just 'hours' away from getting FDA approval of a new blood test for coronavirus.
The test differs from others because it only detects antibodies, unlike testing that relies on RNA from the respiratory system.
'The approach is a comprehensive one, geographically considered,' Newson said.
Five to seven new testing locations are expected, but confirming testing numbers could take 'a few weeks.'
It will be spearheaded by Dr. Charity Dean, assistant director of the state Department of Public Health, and Paul Markovich, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California.
Private and public leaders are among task force members, and Newson said he is confident the task force will help overcome testing challenges.
At the moment, state officials are scrambling to find enough hospital and ICU beds to house the estimated surge in infected patients.
Modeling suggests 50,000 new beds will be needed in California by mid-May, the Los Angeles Times reports.
As the influx of cases swarm California, the state has asked retired medical workers, medical students and those with licenses from other states to joint California Health Corps. Newson said around 79,000 people have signed up.
Even though Newsom has stepped up enforcement efforts, there have been widely publicized incidents of residents disobeying those orders.
For example, a man was arrested for solo paddle boarding in the ocean.
There were reports of drag car racing in Oakland.
However, this at least appears to be a step in the right direction.