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By Kathleen Ronayne
The Associated Press 

California governor in the hot seat over pandemic response

 

Last updated 8/20/2020 at 6:31pm

AP photo/Rich Pedroncelli,

In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom removes his face mask before giving an update on the state's initiative to provide housing for homeless Californians amid the coronavirus pandemic, during a visit to Pittsburg. Newsom has had a summer of muddled messaging and bad news in the coronavirus fight, a trend crystallized by the governor's delayed response to a data error that caused a backlog of nearly 300,000 virus test results.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has had a summer of muddled messaging and bad news in the coronavirus fight, a trend crystallized recently by his delayed response to a data error that caused a backlog of nearly 300,000 virus test results.

"The buck stops with me; I'm accountable," he said in a tense news conference, Monday, Aug. 10, his first appearance since state officials revealed the error a week earlier. "No one's trying to hide that. No one's trying to mask that; we're owning that. We're moving forward to address those issues."

His tone couldn't have been more different from it was in M...



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