A Southern California county will provide up to half a million mail-in test kits to residents before the end of the year in the hopes that more testing can help beat back the coronavirus.
Orange County on Monday began offering the free test kits to residents of its two largest cities, Anaheim and Santa Ana.
Health officials hope to make the kits available to all of the county's 3 million residents by next month in what could be a massive boost in testing.
The push comes as California is grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases.
It also comes as counties are growing weary of the limits on businesses.