AUGUSTA- Across the country it’s been reported that individuals that have been tested for COVID-19 or sometimes waiting a week or longer before they receive the results.
Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah said because of significant increases of cases nationwide national laboratories like Quest and LabCorp, that process large majority of tests have been saturated.
“They’ve thus has a backlog and a slowdown in a return of tests back to individuals. The state laboratory here in Augusta has no such backlog,” Shah said.
In Thursday’s CDC briefing Shaw did not specify what the exact turn around is for results however he said with the additional swab and send sites around the state health facilities will be able to receive processing process and report out results even faster.
“One of the ways that we’ve set up the swab and send sites is that they will use the main state laboratory up here in Augusta in the hope that Turnaround time will be as low as possible. we know that What’s important when it comes to COVID-19 is not just when you get tested but how long it takes for you to get your results,” Shah said.
If you do get tested Shaw said you should ask your provider where the test may be going to get a better picture of when you can get your results.
“If you’re positive You need to take immediate action and stay in isolation and avoid infecting others that turnaround time is really critical by utilizing the swab and send sites partnering with the Maine state laboratory we hope to provide an option for main people to get tested with a little turnaround time,” Shah said.