Saturday, March 21, 2020

March 21 Update: US COVID-19 Tests per Day

by Calculated Risk on 3/21/2020 04:43:00 PM

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 a 51 million population, so the US needs to test around 100,000 per day.

Note: NYC and LA have stopped testing mild cases due to resource constraints. Hopefully testing will continue to improve, and we can test more people - this is important for test-and-trace.

The US conducted 44,186 tests in the last 24 hours.  That is progress.

Note: About 14% of tests were positive in the most recent report (some are still pending).

COVID-19 Tests per Day Click on graph for larger image.

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 is improving, but needs to more than double from here (maybe three times this much to be sufficient for test-and-trace).

Test. Test. Test. But protect our healthcare workers first!