R.I. state labs can process over 200 tests day, result wait times can vary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): Rhode Island state labs can process over 200 tests a day, and that number is slowly expanding, according to the Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott.

Governor Gina Raimondo previously said the goal is 500 to 600 tests a day.

The wait time for results can vary, according to Joseph Wendelken, a spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Health.

“Expedited testing is happening at the State Health laboratories, and standard testing is happening at private labs, Wendelken said. But generally, it’s a matter of days.”

Austin Moniz, a Rhode Island resident who was recently tested, said he was told it would take 24 to 72 hours.

However, he didn’t find out he tested negative until 6 days later.

Another person who wished to stay anonymous said his girlfriend has been awaiting test results for up to a week now.

Wendelken said the wait times can vary depending on where you get tested. He also said there are cases when samples need to be re-run which could prolong the process.

Dr. Alexander-Scott said they are working to get to their testing goal over the next several days.

“Having the laboratory supplies for collecting the specimen and doing the testing in place has been critical,” Dr. Alexander-Scott said. “With the Governor’s leadership, we have been ahead of connecting with the companies that can provide these supplies for us. As we are getting a stable influx of supplies, it will allow us to continue to steadily expand testing. We need people to be patient and continue to work with us, to be able to test as many people as we can.”

In the meantime, Alexander-Scott said whether you test positive or negative the treatment of staying home and recovering there is the same.


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