May 23 COVID-19 Test Results

Note: I live in Orange County, CA, and the COVID-19 news has been disappointing. The number of daily deaths has increased recently (12 today), and the number of hospitalizations has been rising steadily. Also the percentage of tests that were positive today was 21% (216 out of 1,033). This is a very high positive rate and indicates testing in the OC is not adequate.    The overall number of cases and deaths in the OC is not exceedingly high compared to some areas, but the trend is not favorable.

In late April, Dr. Fauci said the US might be able to test 400,000 to 600,000 people per day sometime in May, and  testing is now close to that range. This might be enough to allow test-and-trace in some areas.  However, the US might need more than 900,000 tests per day according to Dr. Jha of Harvard’s Global Health Institute.

There were 344,384 test results reported over the last 24 hours.

COVID-19 Tests per Day Click on graph for larger image.

This data is from the COVID Tracking Project.

The percent positive over the last 24 hours was 6.2% (red line). The US probably needs enough tests to keep  the percentage positive well below 5%. (probably much lower based on testing in New Zealand).

NOTE: There was something wrong with the Texas numbers today, so this doesn’t include Texas tests today.