Public Health Lab still backed up on COVID testing

COVID-19 community testing (PNC file photo)

The Guam Public Health lab is still backed up on COVID testing, staring down around 650 samples to process as of today.

That’s down from 1500 samples as reported by health officials last Thursday.

Over the weekend, from Friday to Sunday, the lab ran over 1,000 samples.

Even still, Public Health says people should allow a 7-day period to hear back on their results.

Janela Carrera, the Public Health spokesperson, says sometimes it’s a game of cat-and-mouse with nurses and tested residents trying to call each other.

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“So there is somewhat of a priority listing: those who are positive, those who are in hospital, those who are needed results STAT because they’re waiting to be cleared for a medical procedure. I do understand the frustration from certain people, for example, if people are waiting to be cleared to go back to work or if they’re waiting for results after being told they’re a potential contact from a known COVID-positive exposure…So, I do understand that there is frustration for people waiting for their results,” Carrera said.

She added: “Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting them at the right time at the right date. If at all possible, email might be the best way to get your results to you or, if you still haven’t received it within 7 days please, call us back.”

Carrera says they always ask people to quarantine while they await their results so, theoretically, no one who’s potentially positive awaiting results should be out in the community spreading the disease.

As of right now, the September community COVID testing clinics are still scheduled to run as-is.