Governor Gavin Newsom announced during a news conference that California will not follow the new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
The state of California is “influenced” by “experts in the field that feel differently,” Newsom said.
He reiterated this idea in a tweet on Wednesday, citing a CNN report on the matter.
The New CDC Guidelines
There was a change in the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines on Monday, CNN reported.
Before the change, the CDC requires testing for people who had close contacts with individuals who are COVID-19 positive.
This is due to the possible coronavirus transmission from asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals.
On Monday, CDC changed this rule.
Now, it says people “do not necessarily need a test unless” they are “vulnerable”, or if health care providers require them to undergo the test.
The way the change came became a concern among the public, and health experts because the change was done without any public announcement or press conference, NPR reported.
Some health professionals also find this change problematic.
“This makes no sense,” tweeted Dr. Leana Wen, a physician.
“We need more testing, not less,” she added.
“That’s not what we need”, said Leo Nissola, a doctor.
“We need widespread testing for everyone including asymptomatic individuals”.
According to CNN, a federal health officer close to the matter told them that the sudden change is due to pressure from top-ranking Trump officials.
California Will Increase Its Testing Capacity Instead
On Wednesday, the Office of the Governor announced there is a “major plan” to increase California’s testing capacity and reduce its “turnaround time.”
Recently, California signed a contract with a huge diagnostics company.
Partnering with the diagnostics company will add more than a hundred thousand COVID-19 tests to the State, daily.
“California is using its market power to combat global supply chain challenges — in the fight against COVID-19,” Newsom said.