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.READ MORE: Evacuation Warnings Issued for San Mateo County Areas Burned by CZU Lightning Complex Fire
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.READ MORE: Police Investigation of Shattered Vehicle Windows Temporarily Shuts Highway 17 Saturday
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.MORE NEWS: Russian River Rubber Dam Deflated Due to Impending Storm
Researchers hope the results will shed light on how many people people have the virus, but are asymptomatic.