HHS Posts Illinois’ and Other States’ COVID-19 Testing Plans

Aug. 12, 2020

On Monday, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted the July through December COVID-19 Testing Plans from all states, territories and localities.  The State Testing Plans serve as a roadmap developed in partnership with the Federal government for each jurisdiction's monthly 2020 testing strategy for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The plans include details on responding to surges in cases and reaching vulnerable populations including minorities, immunocompromised individuals and older adults.

Illinois’ plan indicates that the state plans to increase the number of individuals tested to 2.5 million a month by December, or more than 80,000 individuals a day, about double the current level of testing.

“Testing is not just about overall numbers – it is about making sure we’re testing the right people at the right time, and incorporating testing into a comprehensive plan for addressing COVID-19,” said Assistant Secretary for Health ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D. “These state plans, along with ongoing and intensive technical assistance, provided by HHS inform what level of federal support each state requires to successfully execute SARS-CoV-2 testing priorities.”Each state plan is required to include details of critical parameters for state testing strategies, including target numbers of tests per month, as outlined in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases guidance document.