SAN FRANCISO (KPIX) – Researchers at Northern California universities are not wasting any time in the race for more COVID-19 testing and research to find a cure.

The University of California at San Francisco has doubled its coronavirus testing capacity and announced Saturday it is offering free tests to counties across the state.

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Its new lab can process some 2600 samples a day, in as little as 24 hours, according to UCSF.

The university says it is happy to share its resources with California’s 58 health departments.

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Meantime, public health professors at the University of California at Berkeley have launched a study to better understand patients who test positive for COVID-19, but show no symptoms.

They will enlist 5,000 residents who will get home-testing kits over the course of several months.

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Researchers hope the results will shed light on how many people people have the virus, but are asymptomatic.