More than 130,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the US with around 12% confirmed positive as screenings increase across the nation
- As of Friday, more than 130,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus
- At least 12% of cases have been confirmed positive and nearly 3,300 tests are pending
- When the CDC first rolled out tests, they were found to be faulty, forcing components of the kit to be remanufactured
- Red tape led to the US Food and Drug Administration delaying the authorization of outside laboratories to perform tests
- Several states have since ramped up testing including opening drive-thru centers and even offering testing at 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 for coronavirus as kits are sent out and drive-thru centers pop up across the US.
As of Friday afternoon, 12 percent have been confirmed positive 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 in authorizing outside labs to perform tests.
Several states have since ramped up testing including opening drive-thru centers and even offering testing at some places without appointments.
As of Friday, more than 130,000 Americans have been tested coronavirus. Pictured: The CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus
At least 12% of cases have been confirmed positive and 3,200 tests are pending. Pictured: Medical personnel conduct doctor prescribed only drive-thru testing for coronavirus at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, March 19
When the CDC first rolled out tests, they were found to be faulty, forcing components of the kit to be remanufactured. Pictured: A health care worker checks in a person at a drive up coronavirus testing site at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, March 19
There was great difficulty in getting tested in the early days of the outbreak due to health officials first distributing a flawed test, then only providing states with a couple hundred each.
The Centers for Disease (CDC) shipped its first batch of kits to laboratories across the US on February 5.
Less that a week later, several state labs said the CDC diagnostic was returning ‘inconclusive results.’
This forced the federal health agency to remanufacture components of the kit, although its unclear what defect occurred.
By March 6, an investigation from The Atlantic found only 1,895 people had been definitively been tested for coronavirus.
That same week, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn said upwards of a million tests would be performed by the end of the week.
But officials within the Trump administration later had to come forward and admit the government had nowhere near that number of kits readily available.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar explained during a press briefing on that each suspected person actually requires two tests.
Therefore, even if one million tests were run, only 500,000 patients at most would be tested – and that’s if no tests return inconclusive results.
Several states have since ramped up testing including opening drive-thru centers and even offering testing at some places without appointments. Pictured: A drive-thru coronavirus testing site for residents on Quincy Street in Arlington, Virginia
Since then, several states have ramped up testing in an attempt to more quickly identify and isolate infected people before they spread the virus.
New York has performed the most with more than 32,000 tests completed followed by Washington, California, Texas and Minnesota, respectively.
Several states have opened clinics where appointments can be made, drive-thru testing locations, and even a few sites where no appointments are necessary.
These are the numbers of tests that have been run by every state and territory:
New York: 32,427
North Carolina: 2,233
New Mexico: 2,797
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
US Virgin Islands: 3