America is finally starting to test for the coronavirus in significant volumes. On Thursday, the total number of coronavirus tests conducted in America topped 100,000, according to the COVID tracking project. That’s a 10-fold increase from a week earlier. In the coming days, we can expect the pace of testing to continue increasing as more and more organizations—both academic labs and for-profit companies—ramp up testing efforts.
This is important because America has a lot of catching up to do. A series of early missteps at the federal level hampered America’s testing efforts in the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis.