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More than 130,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the United States

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
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

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

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

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

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 the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, 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 the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, 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

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

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

Healthcare workers prepare to test humans for COVID-19 at the FoundCare drive-thru testing station in Palm Springs, Florida on March 19

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

Washington: 20,712

California: 9844

Texas: 5,277

Minnesota: 3,856

Florida: 3,416

North Carolina: 2,233

Illinois: 3,151

Massachusetts: 3,132

Colorado: 2,952

Pennsylvania: 2842

New Mexico: 2797

Michigan: 2449

Georgia: 2386

Wisconsin: 2,347

Virginia: 2,325

Maine: 2321

Nevada: 2,098

Oregon: 1854

Utah: 1,526

New Hampshire: 1,420

Louisiana: 1047

New Jersey: 1,026

Oklahoma: 961

South Dakota: 947

Montana: 947

South Carolina: 914

Rhode Island: 838

North Dakota: 820

Mississippi: 775

Connecticut: 763

Vermont: 689

Iowa: 686

Kentucky: 639

Tennessee: 618

Idaho: 613

District of Columbia: 573

Arkansas: 559

Indiana: 554

Alaska: 513

Kansas: 451

Missouri: 416

Arizona: 352

Wyoming: 369

Nebraska: 272

Ohio: 259

Maryland: 243

West Virginia: 239

Puerto Rico: 164

Hawaii: 159

Alabama: 109

Guam: 100

Delaware: 74

U.S. Virgin Islands: 3

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