WASHINGTON (AP) – The debate over testing is still going strong, even as the United States tries to move past the shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The country is struggling to test enough people for the coronavirus so officials can track and control the spread of the disease.
That’s a crucial first step to reopening parts of the economy, as President Donald Trump is pushing to do by May 1.
Trump’s plan hinges on a downward trajectory of positive tests. It’s been more than a month since he said “anybody who wants a test, can get a test.”
Today, the reality on the ground is much different. People report being unable to get tested. Labs and public officials say critical supply shortages are making it impossible to increase testing to the levels experts say is necessary to keep the virus in check.