CDC relaxes COVID-19 guidelines, California pushes back

Signs for COVID-19 testing face travelers entering the United States from Mexico at the San Ysidro pedestrian border. San Diego County looks to target essential workers who cross into the United States each day during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Photo taken in San Diego, California, U.S., August 14, 2020. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake.

CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield changed his testing recommendation earlier this week, saying asymptomatic people exposed to the virus don’t necessarily need to get tested. He has since walked that back, now saying “testing may be considered.”

Meanwhile, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced a partnership with a Massachusetts-based diagnostics company to more than double the state’s testing capacity.