‘We’re looking for alternatives’: Bryan Health officials hope switching labs will cut down on test result delays

Bryan Health officials said Thursday they hope switching labs will help cut down on the amount of time it takes to get results back for COVID-19 tests. 
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Bryan Health officials said Thursday they hope switching labs will help cut down on the amount of time it takes to get results back for COVID-19 tests.

John Woodrich CEO of Bryan Medical Center, said Bryan switched this week to another lab in Kansas City.

“So we will start to see, hopefully, better turnaround today from those tests that were done earlier in the week,” he said.

Bryan currently has 613 pending test results.

Woodrich says the delay is due to increased demand on labs brought on by surging cases in other states. Some of those states use the same labs.

“They are really getting slammed pretty heavily,” he said.

Woodrich says Bryan has tests in-house that can return results in as little as one hour. Those tests, which are in short supply, are being reserved for people who require emergency care. Other tests, which can return results in 6-8 hours, are being held back for first responders, healthcare workers and those who work and live in assisted living facilities.

Woodrich says most people who get tested have their test kit sent to an outside lab.

“But we’re looking for alternatives,” he said.

As of Thursday morning, Bryan Health had four COVID-19 inpatients, one on a ventilator.

 

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