More than 130,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the US, of which about 12% have been positively confirmed as the number of screenings across the country increases
- More than 130,000 Americans were tested for coronavirus on Friday
- At least 12% of cases have been positively confirmed and nearly 3,300 tests are pending
- When the CDC first ran tests, they were found to be faulty, requiring overhaul of kit components
- The bureaucracy caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to delay the admission of outside laboratories to conduct tests
- Several states have since stepped up testing, including opening drive-thru centers and even offering testing in some places without appointments
- In the US, there are more than 16,000 cases and at least 214 deaths
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More than 130,000 Americans have been tested coronavirus when kits are shipped and drive-thru centers appear in the United States.
Friday afternoon, 12 percent was positively confirmed, and the results of about 3,300 tests are still pending.
It’s a welcome surprise after weeks of delays from federal health officials and red tape authorizing outside labs to run tests.
Several states have since stepped up testing, including opening drive-thru centers and even offering testing in some places without appointments.
More than 130,000 Americans were tested for coronavirus on Friday. Picture: the CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus
At least 12% of cases have been positively confirmed and 3,200 tests are pending. Pictured: Medical staff leads physician who has only prescribed drive thru tests for coronavirus at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, March 19
When the CDC first ran tests, they were found to be faulty, requiring overhaul of kit components. Pictured: A health professional checks in a person on a buoyant coronavirus test site at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, March 19
It was very difficult to get tested in the early days of the outbreak, as health officials first distributed a flawed test and then only gave states a few hundred.
The Centers for Disease (CDC) shipped their first batch of kits to labs in the United States on February 5.
Less than a week later, several state laboratories said the CDC diagnosis produced “inconclusive results.”
This forced the federal health service to remanufacture parts of the kit, although it is unclear what defect occurred.
On March 6, one research The Atlantic found that only 1,895 people had been definitively tested for coronavirus.
That same week, Stephen Hahn, a Commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said more than a million tests would be conducted by the end of the week.
But officials within the Trump administration had to come forward later and admit that the government was nowhere near that number of kits readily available.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar explained at a news conference that every suspect actually needs two tests.
So even if one million tests were performed, only 500,000 patients would be tested at most – and that’s if no test gives inconclusive results.
Several states have since stepped up testing, including opening drive-thru centers and even offering testing in some places without appointments. Pictured: A drive-thru coronavirus testing site for residents of Quincy Street in Arlington, Virginia
Healthcare workers prepare to test humans for COVID-19 at the FoundCare drive-thru testing station in Palm Springs, Florida on March 19
Since then, several states have stepped up testing to more quickly identify and isolate infected people before they spread the virus.
New York performed best with over 32,000 tests, followed by Washington, California, Texas and Minnesota, respectively.
Several states have opened clinics where appointments can be made, drive-through test locations, and even a few locations where appointments are not needed.
Here are the numbers of tests performed by each state and area:
New York: 32,427
North Carolina: 2,233
New Mexico: 2797
New Hampshire: 1,420
New Jersey: 1,026
South Dakota: 947
South Carolina: 914
Rhode Island: 838
North Dakota: 820
District of Columbia: 573
West Virginia: 239
Puerto Rico: 164
U.S. Virgin Islands: 3