Coronavirus testing ramps up across the US

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic nurse supervisor Diana Gingrow, right, and nurse practitioner Caleb Kent, administer COVID-19 test at the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic drive-thru site on Friday, March 27, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

A health care worker hands off a swab specimen to another after doing a test on someone in the back of the ambulance Friday morning, March 27, 2020. Swab testing continues at the federal COVID-19 testing site in Lot J at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. as the known numbers of those infected by the coronavirus continue to rise.

A medical professional administers a COVID-19 test during a drive-thru testing station on March 26, 2020 in Daly City, Calif. New coronavirus testing stations are opening up each day in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mary Hermiz, Medical Assistant, works at a drive-through coronavirus testing site on March 25, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.

NCH Baker Hospital staff check documentations from community members wishing to be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday, March 16, 2020, at NCH Baker Hospital in Naples.

Physician assistant Bret Lopez tests a patient for COVID-19 in the parking lot at Maready Medical in Mesa, Ariz. March 23, 2020. Patients were pre-screened through telemedicine before being tested.

Mary Hermiz, Medical Assistant and Adam Hansen, MD from Redirect Health, get ready to check on elderly patients at a drive-through testing site for flu and coronavirus on March 25, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.

A health care worker with the UNLV School of Medicine tests a patient for the coronavirus at a drive thru testing site Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Las Vegas.

Laboratory Technologist Roger Knauf, left, and Sarah Dell, test for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus at Gravity Diagnostics in Covington, Kentucky Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The work is conducted in a secure area and the actual test is done behind glass. The lab was founded in 2016 and was approved for COVID-19 testing on March 16. The CEO is Tony Remington.

Laboratory Technologist Roger Knauf, tests for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus at Gravity Diagnostics in Covington, Kentucky Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The work is conducted in a secure area and the actual test is done behind glass. The lab was founded in 2016 and was approved for COVID-19 testing on March 16.

Cars snake through the parking lots at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel waiting for a Covid-19 test being done there Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Nurses Teresa Adkins, left, and Hope Ridgeway work at a Mobile Health Unit for drive-thru coronavirus testing at Robert C. Byrd Clinic on the campus of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The nurses and doctors can test for COVID-19, but also treat flu and allergy symptoms.

A healthcare worker with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine tests a patient for the coronavirus at a drive-through testing site Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Las Vegas. UNLV Medicine, the clinical arm of the UNLV School of Medicine, started conducting COVID-19 testing by appointment for people who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

A car goes through the COVID-19 drive-through testing facility Monday, March 23, 2020, at the Memphis fairgrounds.

Police officers direct drivers as they enter Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, N.Y March 22, 2020. The park was the first site set in Westchester County set up for Covid-19 testing. New Rochelle was the epicenter of the spread of the Covid-19 virus after congregants of a neighborhood synagogue were the first to be diagnosed with the virus.

A resident of The Villages, Fla., gets tested for the coronavirus with a nasal swab at a drive-through site that accommodates golf carts, at The Villages Polo Club, March 23, 2020. The testing site is being operated by UF Health, with University of Florida medical students performing the tests. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP) ORG XMIT: FLORL201

A healthcare worker prepares to swab a driver, Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The National Guard opened a coronavirus drive-thru testing site Sunday testing first responders. On Monday, they planned to expand it to people at least 65 years old who are showing symptoms of the illness.

Healthcare workers take swab tests from citizens at the federally sponsored drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Sunday morning, March 22, 2020.

Stephanie Crilley, R.N., left, and nurse practitioner April Sweeney, at right, prepare to begin testing at the drive-through testing site at the AHN Health + Wellness Pavilion in Millcreek Township, Pa. Saint Vincent Hospital officials expected to test up to 40 patients daily at the site, which opened Friday. All patients tested must have a Saint Vincent Hospital physician referral and appointment. The samples will be tested for flu strains before they're tested for COVID-19, a new coronavirus.

Critical care nurse Molly Spaeny, left, with St. Vincent Healthcare speaks with a patient after administering a coronavirus test in a drive-thru testing center outside the hospital in Billings, Mont. Friday, March 20, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

A police officer waves traffic past the entrance to a drive-through COVID-19 testing center after it reached capacity in Paramus, N.J., Friday, March 20, 2020. The coronavirus testing center opened Friday in Bergen County which has been the state's hardest-hit area. Gov. Phil Murphy said only those with symptoms should get in line, and not those whom he called the "worried well," people who are feeling well but are concerned they could be infected. The facility will have the capacity to conduct 2,500 tests a week, according to the governor.

Employees of Eli Lilly check in members of the healthcare community as they begin drive-through testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the company headquarters in Indianapolis, Monday, March 23, 2020. The group eligible for testing includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and allied healthcare professionals.

A person gets the okay to enter the mobile drive-through coronavirus testing site Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

Nurse practitioner April Sweeney takes a sample from a patient, March 20, 2020, at the drive-through testing site at the AHN Health + Wellness Pavilion in Millcreek Township, near Erie, Pa. Saint Vincent Hospital officials expected to test up to 40 patients daily at the site, which opened Friday. All patients tested must have a Saint Vincent Hospital physician referral and appointment. The samples will be tested for flu strains before they're tested for COVID-19, a new coronavirus.

Medical personnel administer tests to New Jersey residents at the drive-through coronavirus testing center at Bergen County Community College in Paramus New Jersey on Friday, March 20, 2020.

Health workers put on personal protective equipment at a coronavirus COVID-19 drive thru testing location operated by Murphy Medical Associates at Cummings Park on March 20, 2020 in Stamford, Conn. We are still at the beginning of this public health emergency and it is my goal to ramp up our testing capacity as soon as possible, said Stamford Mayor David Martin. Communities throughout the United States have begun opening drive-thru sites to test people feeling potential symptoms of COVID-19 and that have a doctor's referral.

A sign sits on a barrier at a coronavirus COVID-19 drive thru testing location operated by Murphy Medical Associates at Cummings Park on March 20, 2020 in Stamford, Conn.

A health worker directs motorists at a coronavirus COVID-19 drive thru testing location operated by Murphy Medical Associates at Cummings Park on March 20, 2020 in Stamford, Conn.

Workers wearing protective clothing conduct test samples inside a plastic tent, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at a state-managed coronavirus drive-through testing site that just opened on Staten Island in New York. It is the first drive-through site in New York City, although there others located in New Rochelle and at Jones Beach on Long Island, and more around the state.

A member of the New York state National Guard holds a sign for drivers who came for COVID-19 testing, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at a state-managed coronavirus drive-through test site operating on it's first day on Staten Island in New York.

Hospital personnel assist people at a coronavirus screening tent outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Thursday, March 19, 2020 in New York. If they determine that someone may have the virus they are brought into the hospital for a full test.

Moriyah Cox, left, and Raisa Wheeler, both with Mt. Hope EMS, work on flu and coronavirus tests during drive-thru testing by the Fayette County Health Department in Oak Hill, W.V. on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Georgia Esoteric and Molecular (GEM) Lab research associate Yasmeen Jilani, seated, tests possible coronavirus samples at the GEM lab at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., Thursday morning March 19, 2020.

Healthcare workers screen patients who will be tested for COVID-19 at the FoundCare drive-thru testing station in Palm Springs, Fla. on March 19, 2020.

Healthcare worker Ludnie Emile prepares to test people for COVID-19 at their drive-thru coronavirus testing station in Palm Springs, Fla. on March 19, 2020.

New York State Department of Health worker gives instructions to a person seeking a coronavirus test at a COVID-19 drive-through testing site at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Wantagh, N.Y. New York is among roughly ten states that have set up their own drive-through testing centers, as state and local leaders look to compensate for an acute shortage of tests in the United States.

A view of a checkpoint prior to entering to be tested for the coronavirus at Jones Beach State Park in New York.

A nurse in a hazmat suit swabs a woman's nose during a test for Coronavirus, COVID-19 at Somerville Hospital in Somerville, Mass. on March 18, 2020. A new stand-alone facility to test patients for COVID-19 open on March 18, 2020 in Somerville, Massachusetts. The testing center will be open only to patients within the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) system. Patients must call their primary care providers prior to being screened.

Clark Drobek works at processing collections of swabs taken from various patients to see if they tested negative or positive for the Coronavirus COVID-19. The pathology and laboratory medicine labs at the Henry Ford Hospital on W. Grand Blvd in Detroit , Mich. were very busy on March 17, 2020 with many medical technologists and laboratory managers working long hours.

Health care staff from the Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) prepare to test people for the coronavirus in the parking lot of its Doris Ison Health Center on March 18, 2020 in Miami, Fla.

Registered nurses and patient care technicians wait for their next patient to drive up to be tested for the coronavirus at Christenberry Fieldhouse in Augusta, Ga.

Individuals are tested for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus at a mobile clinic set up in the parking lot at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix on the morning of March 18, 2020. Only Mayo Clinic patients with a doctor's order could use the mobile clinic. A slow but steady stream of vehicles was passing through the mobile clinic on Wednesday morning.

A medical worker tests a person for the coronavirus at a drive-through facility primarily for first responders and medical personnel in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, "This is not a time to panic. It's not as if we have never been through this before. We've been through this many, many times."

A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. Wide scale testing is a critical part of tracking and containing infectious diseases. But the U.S. effort has been plagued by a series of missteps.

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