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We need to come together in a bold and immediate way to get more tests to the people that need them

The virus is spreading widely. And, unfortunately, most states lack the testing plan and resources that public health experts say we must have to suppress the virus and get it under control enough to safely return to some semblance of our normal lives.

The scorecard below displays a grade for current testing capacity as compared to the testing capacity and resources public health experts say we must have to suppress the virus and get it under control .

TESTING GRADE AS OF PERCENT TOWARD GOAL AS OF
TESTING GRADE AS OF PERCENT TOWARD GOAL AS OF

At the time of our review in early December, was administering tests per 100,000 people (7 day moving avg.) as compared to a goal of administering tests per 100,000 people (7 day moving avg.). Currently only a handful of states — Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — and Washington, D.C. are close to or exceeding their state's testing goals.

Source: testing model from the Brown School of Public Health and the Harvard Global Health Institute.

We need action now

Safe and effective vaccines are available, but we’re still months away from widespread vaccination. More than 400,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and we’ll lose many more without swift action. The truly tragic part of the pandemic is that most of these deaths were avoidable if we had done things right the first time. But we can’t let the mistakes of the past dictate how we respond to this pandemic today. It is time for bold, coordinated and immediate action.

Drive-through testing location in Pennsylvania
Photo by Senior Airman Wilfredo Acosta
Test more, save lives

President-elect Biden has requested $50 billion to help ramp up testing infrastructure across the country. That federal support will be key to testing more and saving lives, but we need to step up and do what it takes to protect our health as well. That’s why we’re calling on to take three steps that will save lives and set us up to reopen safely.

  • First, should get cases down quickly by closing non-essential businesses, issuing a temporary stay-at-home order, and enforcing mask wearing.
  • Second, should commit to ramping up testing and to ensuring a 48 hour turnaround of all COVID tests. Health experts say we need to be doing six times the amount of testing we are doing nationally in order to get the virus under control and prevent outbreaks in addition to hitting a two-day response time.
  • Second, should commit to doing as much testing as we are now and to ensuring a 48 hour turnaround of all COVID tests. This is the amount of testing and response time health experts say we need to get the virus under control and prevent outbreaks.
  • And lastly, should reopen slowly and only after hitting public health benchmarks.

can take actions now that will help fix many of the problems. Our recommendations include:

  • Borrowing best practices from other states, specifically by increasing testing locations, drive thru testing sites, walk up sites, and mobile testing units that focus on testing higher-risk settings such as churches, nursing homes, meat-packing factories and schools.
  • Launching a state-sponsored educational campaign so that people know when they should get a test, where they can get tested, and how.
  • Breaking down barriers to testing, ensuring that anyone who needs a test can get a test.
  • Targeting testing efforts in high-risk settings such as nursing homes, meat-packing facilities, schools and prisons.

If we get cases down now, and meet our testing targets , we can get some pieces of our lives back.

Get involved
Call on your governor to act now

We're calling on to commit to ramping up testing and ensuring results come back quickly.

Use the dropdown menu below to get links to testing locations and resources in your state.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Testing available for anyone who lives or works in Indiana

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Some sites will test anyone, even without symptoms.

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