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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

April 1 Update: US COVID-19 Tests per Day; More Testing Needed

by Calculated Risk on 4/01/2020 05:39:00 PM

There is still far too little testing in the U.S.

We need:
1) More testing.
2) Better reporting (all tests, positive and negative).
3) A national test-and-trace program. Name the head of the program now - so that person can update everyone on the progress.

Test-and-trace is a key criteria in starting to reopen the country.   My current guess is test-and-trace will require around 300,000 tests per day at first since the US is far behind the curve.

Notes: Data for the previous couple of days is updated and revised, so graphs might change.

Also, I include all tests in the total including pending.

The percent positive excludes the pending tests.

There were 101,147 tests reported over the last 24 hours.

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

This data is from the COVID Tracking Project.

The percent positive over the last 24 hours was 26% (red line - going the wrong way).

Testing must continue to be expanded until the percent positive declines to 5% or lower.   This is based on results from South Korea.

Test. Test. Test. Protect healthcare workers first!