May 11, 2020
Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures show more than 1.32 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. in 55 states and U.S. territories, with 79,756 deaths. New York state leads the nation with more than 334,000 cases, followed by New Jersey which has more than 138,000 cases and Massachusetts which has more than 77,000 cases. There are 26 states reporting more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 antigen test, a new category of tests for use in the ongoing pandemic. These diagnostic tests quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs. The EUA was issued late Friday to Quidel Corporation for the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA. This test is authorized for use in high and moderate complexity laboratories certified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), as well as for point-of-care testing by facilities operating under a CLIA Certificate of Waiver.
The latest WHO situation report shows more than 4 million COVID-19 cases globally, with over 278,000 deaths. The European Region leads the world in cases and deaths, with more than 1.73 million confirmed cases with over 156,000 deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) follows, reporting more than 1.7 million cases and more than 101,000 deaths.