Labs and states are worried. Expect next to no availability to continue for weeks. It is vital to self-quarantine.
It’s not the testing ability but the SUPPLY CHAIN of all the things you need to extract the RNA sample (who you know if someone has tested positive) through something called PCR.
The leading supplier is a company called Qiagen. I have not talked to them but am hearing it will be weeks.
My guess as to why & what’s next...
2- The insufficient number being produced are likely being hoarded.
3- People are trying to find other ways or suppliers but are not getting CDC help.
5- There are other things likely in right supply that we don’t know yet: equipment, re-agents. So this won’t be solved by fixing one issue.
In the meantime, take all measures to prevent spread— social distancing in particular.
More if I learn more. Sorry for the length.
I’m NOT first to know these things. But if there are people with excess, someone needs to coordinate to high priority areas. Maybe the role of a functioning fed govt?