After four months, more than 3 million confirmed infections and more than 130,000 deaths across the country, Americans face a resurgence in infections, along with long lines at test sites in the summer heat. Some spend weeks before being diagnosed.
Some sites are running out of testing equipment, while labs are reporting a lack of materials and workers to process them.
Some exasperated Americans wonder why the United States can’t do things right, considering that it received enough notice when the virus caused chaos in China and then Italy, Spain, and New York.
“It’s a disaster,” said Jennifer Hudson, 47, a resident of Tucson, Arizona. “The fact that we must depend on private companies and that we don’t have a national response to this is ridiculous … It prevents people who need proof from being able to get tested.”
It took Hudson five days to make an appointment at a CVS pharmacy near his home. He signed up for a car test that took place over the weekend, more than a week after he started showing symptoms: fatigue, shortness of breath, headache and sore throat. The clinic informed her that her results would likely be delayed.
The number of tests in the United States has increased, reaching 640,000 a day on average, compared to 518,1000 two weeks ago, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. New confirmed infections have reached more than 50,000 daily, breaking records.
More tests lead to the detection of more cases, but in an alarming indicator, the percentage of tests that show positive is increasing throughout the country, reaching almost 27% in Arizona, 19% in Florida and 17% in South Carolina.
Although the United States has conducted more tests than any other country, it is in the middle of the list in per capita tests, after Russia, Spain and Australia, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Brian Holmer is a general assignment reporter at Free Press Master. Brian has covered sports, entertainment and many other beats in His journalism career, and has lived in New York for more than 6 years.