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Some Floridians Are Waiting Up To Two Weeks To Get Coronavirus Test Results


Some Floridians Are Waiting Up To Two Weeks To Get Coronavirus Test Results

A southwest Florida resident said she has been waiting nearly two weeks to get her coronavirus test results back.

Jamie Coates said she drove to urgent care on March 17 and was tested for COVID-19 but has yet to hear back, reports NBC2 News.

Coates said she has been self-quarantining at home anxiously awaiting the results.

“I think this is absolutely ridiculous that it’s taking 12 days now,” Coates said.

Several labs, including LabCorp, Quest, and the Mayo Clinic, said on average it could take anywhere from 24 hours to five days to get test results.

“Two weeks ago Lee Health said it would take around 3-5 days for test results to come back,” NBC2 News reports. “Now, a spokesperson said it will take anywhere between two to 10 days.”

Labs attribute the long delays on high demand and prioritization of patients admitted to local hospitals.

“They are just super busy which I understand that,” Coates said. “I get this is crazy right now, but how much longer do you want me to wait?”

A spokesperson for Lee Health said they are currently working to have the capacity to test in-house, to reduce wait time.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Florida Department of Health reported 3,877 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and reported 56 deaths.

Trump told reporters earlier this month that “anybody that needs a test gets a test; they’re there, they have the tests, and the tests are beautiful.”

“The tests are all perfect, like the letter was perfect, the transcription was perfect, right?” he added later. “This was not as perfect as that, but pretty good.”


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