Gov. Baker Lays Out Plan To Expand Testing


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Governor Baker discussed expanded virus testing in the state during Thursday's COVID-19 update.

According to the Governor, if everything follows the set plan, Massachusetts could lead the world in coronavirus testing on a per-capita basis.

The highest number of people tested in the state in one day so far is 15,601. Baker wants to raise that number to about 45,000 tests per day by the end of July.

By the end of December, he wants to increase to 75,000 tests per day.

"With the goal of decreasing our positive test rate over time to less than five percent" Baker said.

Baker will submit the state's testing road map to the Trump Administration by the end of this month in order to access federal COVID funds and testing resources.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article reported Gov. Baker intends to increase the number of daily COVID-19 tests performed by five times the current amount by the end of July. The proposed increase would actually nearly triple the current amount of daily tests performed.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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