by Calculated Risk on 3/19/2020 04:36:00 PM
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Tests per day is a key number to track (along with actual cases and, sadly, deaths). But total tests were a key for South Korea slowing the spread of COVID-19. South Korea has been conducting 15,000 tests per day with about one-fifth of the US population, so the US needs to test 70,000 to 100,000 per day.
The US conducted 27,450 tests in the last 24 hours. That is progress.
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This data is from the COVID Tracking Project. Some states could do a better job of reporting the number of tests - so this is probably low.
Testing it getting better, but needs to at least triple from here.
Hopefully I'll be changing the y-axis scale soon.
Test. Test. Test.