SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As the novel coronavirus continues to spread in California and worldwide, Governor Gavin Newsom asked the state legislature to make $20 million available to respond to the spread.

The money would come from the state’s Disaster Response Emergency Operations Account. It will be an early action item for the 2020-2021 budget. Newsom also activated the State Operations Center in Mather to support first responders and public health officials.

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Currently, 10 public health labs across the state are testing for coronavirus. And, over the weekend, the state received more COVID-19 test kits from the CDC, allowing doctors to get test results more quickly.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there were 43 positive COVID-19 cases in California. Of those cases, 24 are from people evacuated from China and Japan. Of the 19 cases not related to federal evacuation, 10 are travel-related, five are person-to-person transfer, and four are community transmission.

The California Department of Public Health said more than 9,100 people who recently returned to the country through SFO or LAX are self-monitoring for symptoms.


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