COVID: Test Results Could Take Up To A Week
MANY LABS SAY THE AVERAGE TURNAROUND FOR CORONAVIRUS TEST RESULTS IS ABOUT FIVE DAYS
(CNN) – As millions of coronavirus tests have become available; the turnaround for results is still taking days.
Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest clinical laboratories in the U.S. says the average turnaround time for coronavirus tests is four to five days.
That’s from the time a specimen is picked up to the time result are delivered.
Though some results could take up to a week.
Other labs say they have similar time tables.
Doctors say that’s too long to wait, but unprecedented demand for tests is the driving factor for long turnaround.