The director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the US must immediately develop a testing strategy to find and isolate symptom-free coronavirus cases.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Dr Robert Redfield described a meeting he and Dr Deborah Birx, another member of the White House coronavirus task force, had with Utah Gov Gary Herbert over the weekend to discuss testing and mitigation efforts in the state.
On Wednesday, Utah reported the second-highest increase in new cases since the pandemic began and record hospitalizations for the fourth day in a row.
'Now is the time to develop a testing strategy to maximize our ability to identify the silent epidemic of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections,' Redfield tweeted.
It comes as the US set a record on Wednesday for the highest number of cases recorded in a single-day at 102,831.
Dr Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, tweeted on Wednesday that a national testing strategy is needed to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. Pictured: Redfield speaks at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee reviewing coronavirus response efforts in Washington, DC, September 16
He made the comments after visiting Utah with Dr Deborah Birx over the weekend to discuss testing and mitigation efforts (above)
An expert tells DailyMail.com testing needs to be moved away from hospitals and clinics and into the community. Pictured: A healthcare workers performs a COVID-19 test on a man at a walk-in and drive-thru coronavirus testing site in Miami Beach, Florida, June 24
Dr Thomas Tsai, an assistant professor at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and a surgeon at Brighan & Women's Hospital, says he doesn't think it's too late for a national testing strategy and that one has been in development for months.
'What it looks like is a shift of public health,' he told DailyMail.com.
'It's a more proactive role of testing, of moving testing from hospitals and clinics into the community and focusing on screening asymptomatic individuals to break the silent chain of transmission.'
Back in April, Redfield stated that it is not uncommon for aysymptomatic coronavirus patients to transmit the