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White House Uses Data Collected By Journalists to Count Virus Tests

The CDC’s own count of tests is far short of the volunteer project’s number

A medical personnel administers a swab test at a drive-thru testing site in San Pablo, California on April 28.
A medical personnel administers a swab test at a drive-thru testing site in San Pablo, California on April 28.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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The Trump administration is using coronavirus testing data from a volunteer tracking project led by journalists, according to a strategy document released by the White House, as one key government health agency significantly lags in counting how many people have been tested.

A widespread national testing program will be essential to lifting restrictions and reopening the country, experts say. But accurate figures on how many tests have been completed in the U.S. have been difficult to come by, making it hard to judge how prepared the nation is to get back to work.