Sacramento County Says State Lawmakers and Staff Should All Be Tested for Coronavirus

Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Peter Beilenson is urging all members of the California Legislature and their staff to be tested for coronavirus before returning to the Capitol.

Lawmakers took an early recess on March 16 as a result of the pandemic. They plan to return on May 4. But Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s office told CBS Sacramento that Dr. Beilenson wants everyone cleared before that takes place.

Lawmakers are seriously considering it per KQED. But there are concerns about the optics, given the scarcity of coronavirus tests. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon suggested the Democratic caucus was leaning in favor of the idea. However, Senate President Toni Atkins released the following statement:

“We recognize this is a very fluid situation, and we will continue to monitor and assess testing guidelines. The current guidelines make clear where the priorities for scarce tests lie, and the Senate is not recommending testing for Senators and staff unless they fall within those existing categories.”

As of Sunday, Sacramento County had 1,037 confirmed coronavirus cases and 41 deaths.