Those that read this blog know I went and got tested for COVID-19 back on July 7th at the Savage Fire Station. I did not get tested because I had any symptoms or concerns but to document the process for the community. Wow did I pick the wrong time frame to do that apparently.
Today is July 18th and I still do not have the results of my test. How crazy is that?
I have a family member that went to CVS in Howard County on July 6th to get tested (so they are on day 12). They had a slight fever on July 4th (that went away on July 5th) but out of an abundance of caution they went to get tested on the 6th. After taking more than a week off of work they also do not have the results of their test back either. Once again…crazy…right?
ARTICLE UPDATE: Happy to announce that the family member that had their test taken on July 6th in Howard County got their test results back last night (July 18).
To be fair I did get a phone call yesterday from Quality First Urgent Care (the company in charge of the testing at the Savage Fire Station) letting me know that tests conducted between the 5th and 9th are taking about 13 business days (or 2 1/2 weeks) to come back. They did say if I came in today I would get my test results back within 72 hours if I was concerned (I guess they are now using a different lab for results). I declined.
I am not totally sure if I got that call because they are doing that with everyone tested in that timeframe or because of a somewhat recent blog post that I reposted yesterday tagging a bunch of people and agencies in the state and Howard County (see here on Facebook or Twitter). I did get a good giggle out of it either way.
I am very disappointed in this process for those that may have legit concerns about this virus. 2 1/2 weeks is in no way acceptable for anyone getting tested at any point.
Even more disappointing than how long it is taking to get the results…is the lack of information from our elected officials or from the local Health Department and others if this is really true. They are supposed to be leading on this issue and if in the know that it is taking this long to get results back they should be informing the community (my opinion).
Have your own COVID-19 testing story…let me know in the comments.