Massive demand for COVID-19 testing leads to long queues and delays in results across the Houston area

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – As the omicron variant continues to spread, some people are lining up to get tested. In some cases, there is a delay in receiving the results.

Curative, one of the companies that operates several testing sites in Houston, said the delay was due to increased testing demand. Their average turnaround time in the Houston area is currently a little over two days, where the average is typically one to two days.

Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest testing companies in the country, says its average turnaround time is currently two to three days.

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Davaco, which operates the city’s large testing site at Minute Maid Park, released a statement acknowledging the delay in people getting results:

“As the omicron variant continues to spread, we’ve seen a significant increase in demand for COVID-19 testing throughout the city of Houston and our entire lab network. We appreciate the support. public understanding that our associates and partners are also affected by Soap.Our lab is experiencing delays in results due to the high volume of testing. We understand that. Due to this increased demand, our lab is currently working 24 hours a day. In the near future, we have put in place a plan to make all available. including results for those tested no later than 72 hours after their visit.For those tested within the last five days, our lab is working as quickly as possible to process the results. We appreciate the public’s understanding as we all work together to stay informed. and safe in this latest series of COVID cases. “

At Harris County Public Health testing sites, the average turnaround time is about two days. The deputy director of the COVID division said they have experienced a threefold increase in testing demand from a month ago to now.

“We expected to see an increase based on that, but then the perfect storm hit because then you have all of these people who are currently having symptoms. So they need to. had to be tested, as did everyone who wanted to go see this event or this party or this flight, and all started connecting,” said Scott Jeansonne at Harris County Public Health.

According to doctors, if you’re still waiting for your test results to come back, the safest thing to do is to assume you’re positive for COVID.

“When test results are delayed, you should assume and act as if you have the disease. That means you are isolated from others and that means you won’t go to work or school. And that’s basically what you have to do, because if you’re Dr. Luis Ostrosky of UT Health Houston and Memorial Hermann said, the safest thing to do is to make that assumption.

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