Officials: Backlog in COVID-19 testing after rise in cases

Health officials are seeing a pile up in COVID-19 testing all over the country after several states are spiking once again in Coronavirus cases.
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Health officials are seeing a pile up in COVID-19 testing all over the country after several states are spiking once again in Coronavirus cases.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln student, Jackie McCabe, was tested for COVID-19 on July 3rd at a local urgent care. As of Wednesday, she is still waiting on her results. She has had a mix of feelings over the last five days, starting with a sense of anxiety that ultimately is ending in frustration.

“At first I was anxious but now I am just annoyed because I still don’t know” she said and when she will have those results is the big unanswered question.

Jackie is not alone, thousands across the country are refreshing their medical portal pages constantly over the recent wait times on their Coronavirus test results. According to Bryan Health’s Vice President of Advancement, Bob Ravenscroft, people in Nebraska and Lancaster County will feel these long time effects because many organizations are using the same reference labs.

“It’s because of what is happening in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California, many organizations use the same reference labs and they are just frankly inundated” he continued on, “People say we are all in this together, it’s not just community by community, state by state, but it is country but country” Ravenscroft said.

According to health experts, Lancaster County is on an upward trend with COVID cases compared to last week. Bryan Health expects an increase in patients for the coming weeks which could potentially mean even longer wait times for those results in the near future.

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