Governor Raimondo: “More people need to get tested”
During her latest press conference on the Coronavirus in Rhode Island, Governor Gina Raimondo took a moment to urge people to get tested.
“Right now we have a daily capacity to perform over 5,000 tests a day,” she said, “but on any given day we’re at just about 3,000, so we have the capacity to do more.”
The governor urged anyone with symptoms to get tested as well as high-contact workers like restaurant servers and healthcare employees. The state is also urging anyone who travels to a state on its travel restriction list to sign up for an asymptomatic test.
Governor Raimondo also addressed the delays people are experiencing in receiving test results. “It’s a struggle everywhere. The reason is because commercial labs all over the country are overwhelmed, and that’s causing a backlog,” she said. The governor added that they’re working to become less dependent on those labs and more reliant on state, university, and other local labs. Her message to patients: “I’m sorry to those of you who’ve had to wait longer than you should have had to wait.”
As Rhode Island prepares for classes to resume in the fall, the governor also said that the state is working on developing a rapid-testing plan at schools across the state.