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Bay Area microbe hunters to test for coronavirus

Mahtab Shahkarami, a public health microbiologist, works in a lab that processes flu samples at the California Public Health Laboratory in Richmond, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Marin Independent Journal

Disease sleuths at the State of California’s Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory will soon be receiving samples of the mysterious coronavirus, accelerating efforts to provide more rapid results than currently offered by federal authorities. The Richmond-based lab will start conducting tests on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and report results within two days of receiving the specimens. Results from the federal U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently take between two to seven days.