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Fresno County seeing increase in wait time for COVID-19 test results – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2020-11-18 02:10:36 –

Fresno, CA (KFSN)-Coronavirus cases are rising again in Fresno County as health officials have doubled the number of infected people.

“Now is the time to be careful and wear a mask outside the house,” says Dr. Rais Vohra.

Public health officials in Fresno County are encouraging people to be tested, but the more cases there are, the longer it takes to receive test results.

According to the State Department of Health, patients received test results in just over a day in the first week of November.

Health officials in Fresno County say it’s taking a little longer.

“There are bottlenecks in the system, and there are shortages that must be resolved in this complex chain,” said Dr. Vohra. “I’ve heard that delivery times will be longer. I’ve heard about a couple of days, but people are waiting to wait five to seven days longer.

To test more people and prevent long wait times, the county is working with the state to launch more Optimserve test sites.

“We are targeting sites in Central Fresno, Reedley, Selma, and some additional testing capabilities of Coalinga and Mendota,” says Dave Pomaville, Director of Public Health, Fresno County. “I don’t know if the state is ready for lab capacity ….. I’ll set them up as soon as possible.”

Health officials have no fixed day when these new testing sites will open, but hope to have a better idea within a week.

The County Health Department has also launched a new feedback page to better understand the waiting times during the second surge.

Hospital workers are preparing for another influx of patients.

“There are 36 nursing homes in the county and more than two outbreaks have been reported,” says Vohra.

Fresno County’s public health website shows that more than half of the cases date back to community expansion.

Vohra encourages people to somehow get tested while at home to keep the hospital from getting crowded before the holidays.

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