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Governors Must Save Us From Our Coronavirus Testing Failure

| July 15, 2020

As Covid-19 cases surge to their highest levels in dozens of states, the nation’s testing effort is on the brink of paralysis because of widespread delays in getting back results. And that is very bad news, because even if testing is robust, the pandemic cannot be controlled without rapid results.

This is the latest failure in our national response to the worst pandemic in a century. Since the Trump administration has abdicated responsibility, governors must join forces to meet this threat before the cataclysm that Florida is experiencing becomes the reality across the country.

Testing should be the governors’ first order of business.

Despite President Trump’s boast early this month that testing “is so massive and so good,” the United States’ two largest commercial testing companies, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, have found themselves overwhelmed and unable to return results promptly. Delays averaging a week or longer for all but top-priority hospital patients and symptomatic health care workers are disastrous for efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

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For Academic Citation: Bourdeaux, Margaret, Elizabeth Cameron and Jonathan L Zittrain.“Governors Must Save Us From Our Coronavirus Testing Failure.” The New York Times, July 15, 2020.

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