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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to allocate $10 million to fund pre-construction planning to build the region’s first public health laboratory, according to a press release.

The County said the move is intended to accelerate the ability of public health officials to detect and fight infectious diseases, which comes in the wake of COVID-19.

“For decades, under the old Board, San Diego County failed to adequately invest in basic public health infrastructure,” Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer said. “Today we’re taking another step to reverse that trend and ensure that our region’s Public Health officials have the tools they need to keep our communities safe.”

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The Board said it’s planning to construct a state-of-the-art testing facility housed at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa.

“This new laboratory will help us get test results faster and serve our unique needs as a border region,” Lawson-Remer said.

The new public health lab is slated to be complete within the fiscal year 2024-2025, according the Board.