When the pandemic first broke out in the United States, the testing rates were below targets, especially because the test kits developed by the CDC were found to be faulty.
Since then, most states have improved their testing statistics and are inching closer to meeting their targets.
These targets have been ascertained by a methodology that was developed by the researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute and is different for each state depending on multiple factors such as population and infection rate.
Currently, 13 states have met their targets including New York. Another four are close to meeting their targets as well.
Alarmingly, 33 states are far from meeting these testing targets and this could pose serious challenge when it comes to containing the pandemic on a national level.