Virus notes; April1, 2020

MERCED (BLJ) -- A positive note. Merced County Public Health Department told the Merced Sun-Star that it has opened two mobile specimen-collection sites. The specific location of the nearest site is provided "once patients secure the appointment" by being referred by a physician.  At the moment the sites are only open four hours a day, and apparently they were open for some period last week, but no results are reported yet. However, the director of the department, Dr. Rebecca Nanyonjo-Kemp described the collection sites as a "huge victory," a Trumpian utterance that does not inspire universal confidence. But, there is at least more testing being done. A "major improvement" or "an important development" might have been a better way to put it.