Previously, states with suspected cases of the virus would send respiratory secretions, namely nasal or oral swabs, to the agency's headquarters in Atlanta for testing, forcing state officials to await the results before confirming a case.
Since Chinese authorities first identified the virus in 44 people in December, it has spread to 25 countries and infected 45,171 people, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Wednesday report. "During a response like this we know things may not always go as smoothly as we like".
Last week, the CDC had begun to ship about 200 testing kits to labs across the US and 200 more to over 30 different countries so that more facilities could conduct testing for the new coronavirus. It hasn't said how numerous kits are flawed, however.More news: Yellow weather warning for the East of England as storm Dennis approaches
Yesterday, the CDC confirmed an illness in a patient under federal quarantine in San Diego's Marine Corps Air Station Miramar after returning on an evacuation flight from Wuhan.
Separately, it was reported that United Airlines will extend cancellations of all USA flights to China through late April due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Two of those cases are believed to have been transmitted person-to-person within the United States - both between married couples after one of the spouses returned home from a recent visit to China.More news: Deadly Bomb Blast Hits Military Academy in Afghan Capital
On Tuesday, 195 people were released from various quarantine locations while another 600 remain under quarantine.
They had all tested negative for the virus, multiple times over the course of their time on March Air Reserve near Riverside, California. It has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization but has only been the subject of 12 confirmed USA cases, while more than 300 tests here have been negative. It also said its first patient to recover from Covid-19 was discharged from hospital.
"As of today, I can announce that the CDC has begun working with health departments in five cities to use its flu surveillance network to begin testing individuals with flu-like symptoms for the China coronavirus", he said, referring to COVID-19.More news: Decision to cancel the 2020 version of Mobile World Congress Party
The patients did not infect one another, and fewer people who have been in China are now coming back to the US.