HealthDay Reports: National Coronavirus Testing Strategy Announced as US Cases Top 1 Million
As some states begin reopening for business, President Donald Trump announced his plan for boosting coronavirus testing capacity across the country.
National Coronavirus Testing Strategy Announced as U.S. Cases Top 1 Million
TUESDAY, April 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- While health experts continued to call for a national strategy to test more Americans for coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Monday announced a "blueprint" for boosting testing capacity as some states began reopening their economies.
By Tuesday afternoon, the number of U.S. coronavirus cases passed 1 million while the death toll was almost 56,000, the Post reported.
The national guidance says states must develop their own testing plans and rapid-response programs while the White House provides "strategic direction and technical assistance," and helps "align laboratory testing supplies and capacity with existing and anticipated laboratory needs," the Washington Post reported.
Trump was joined at the media briefing by some major retailers who said they had ramped up both testing and the production of medical supplies. They predicted they would be doubling both their rate of testing and the number of sites that would be available to the public in the next month.