Virus Testing in the U.S. is Dropping, Even as Deaths Climb

August 7, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 10, 2020

As stated in this article by Modern Healthcare, U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to learn the results.

The number of tests per day slid 3.6% over the past two weeks to 750,000, with the count falling in 22 states. That includes places like Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, and Iowa where the percentage of positive tests is high and continuing to climb, an indicator that the virus is still spreading uncontrolled.

Widespread testing is considered essential to managing the outbreak as the U.S. approaches 5 million confirmed infections and more than 157,000 deaths out of over 700,000 worldwide.

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