In CA: $1.4 billion COVID-19 testing contract could address delays, shortages

California doesn’t plan to stop testing asymptomatic people any time soon, despite the Centers for Disease Control’s latest guidelines. Plus: No NBA games this week and the good, bad and ugly when it comes to California’s ongoing wildfires. This is Maria Sestito, reporting from Palm Springs for the rest of the week. In California brings you top Golden State stories and commentary from across the USA TODAY Network and beyond. Get it free, straight to your inbox.  Newsom announces COVID-19 testing contract, some new guidelinesCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, California, May 14, 2020.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday a new $1.4 billion COVID-19 testing contract to address the significant test result delays and supply chain shortages in California. The state is currently testing about 100,000 people a day on average, with results taking about a week. This new contract promises to increase the number of tests to 250,000 per day. Results will only take one to two days, he said. The governor also outlined the rules for schools to reopen to its highest-need students, including those with disabilities, according to EdSource. Disneyland, which has been closed since the middle of March, is due to reopen July 17.And while we’re still waiting on the updated reopening guidelines promised by Newsom this week, Disneyland announced it is ready to welcome guests — as soon as state officials give theme parks the OK. State officials have not allowed theme parks to reopen because of a spike in coronavirus cases. However, Orange County, where Disneyland resides, was removed Sunday from a list of counties on California’s monitoring li
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