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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.

We need action now

We all hope for a vaccine, but it could be several months before a safe vaccine is available and widely distributed. More than 230,000 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

We need to step up and do what it takes to protect our health. 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, they 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 that have prevented most states from being able to tackle this crisis in the face of federal inaction. Our recommendations include:

  • Increasing test purchasing power by joining a consortium with other governors, similar to the one started by Gov. Larry Hogan in Maryland and the National Governors Association.
  • 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.

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Call on your governor to act now

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