To me it seems that the aggressive testing can be great in order to get this country back to normalcy. After this 'social distancing' period is over I hope:
1-Test as much as you can, send them to isolate if positive.
2-Self quarantine those with symptoms who haven't been tested and most at risk.
3-Have the population not infected to be exercise extreme caution.
4- Prohibit mass gatherings (stadiums)
Get this country back to work. We can't be held hostage for less than 1% of the population and destroy this economy.
Testing people gives hard numbers that one can compare to other regions, countries etc., however, I have questions.
When someone test negative, what do they do, go home to self isolate or do they go back to their family and friends where potentially one of them is infected?
If we test medical personnel - say Ambulance staff - when they arrive at work and they are negative, do we test them every day to ensure that they are still negative and did not pick up the infection during the course of their duties? What is the value of drive thru testing, unless you take your entire family and you self isolate after a negative test, what is the value of knowing you are negative when you "socialize" with others, it does not protect you, you can only do your best to protect yourself.
So we have a lot of testing numbers, Europeans are / were critical of the USA initial low testing numbers, now that they are increasing how is this helping to isolate communities, prevent shut downs of entire towns, how did it help Europe, Italy in particular?
In my opinion, testing is valuable when symptoms present, unfortunately unless a lock down is in place, it is very difficult to do a forensic analysis of the places and persons the infected individual was in contact, and even when done, one can imagine the effort involved in trying to contact all those individuals and do the same analysis on each one, if you think about it, the effort is enormous requiring a lot of resources.
We have 4 confirmed cases in the Bahamas, the initial patient had not traveled for 20 days prior, investigations revealed that they were infected by family members who had traveled, returned home then traveled again. In time when the numbers are crunched, it would be interesting to see if the world would have been better off with quarantines in place versus flying persons back home to be with their families.