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California signs deal to more than double coronavirus testing capacity

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 16:24:39-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state has signed a contract worth up to $1.4 billion with a company that will more than double the state's daily coronavirus testing capacity.

Right now, California averages about 100,000 tests per day, with the state paying $100 per test and results taking between five and seven business days.

Newsom said the state's new contract with Massachusetts-based PerkinElmer will increase the state's testing capacity to 250,000 per day by March 1 with each test costing about $31. Results would come within two days.

The contract will initially cost the state $100 million, with a maximum amount of $1.4 billion.