Test results from pop-ups delayed, patients urged to be patient

Results from more than 2,200 COVID-19 tests administered in the area last week are taking longer than anticipated, officials said Monday.

Dayton-based Five Rivers Health Centers, which operated pop-up testing centers for the deadly virus in Dayton and Xenia, is urging people who tested to be patient as the organization works to get the results.

“The local lab doing the COVID testing is currently running thousands of tests as quickly as possible, as the two Five Rivers events weren’t the only ones in this area last week,” the health center stated.

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The center said its staff is working diligently with its partners at the lab to get all the results as quickly as possible, and they will contact the patients who tested positive first.

Those waiting for test results can call the numbers below for updates:

Greene County – 937-708-3403

Montgomery County – 937-681-2091

Five Rivers thanked the organizations who helped run the pop-up testing events, including Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio National Guard.

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Since people sick from the coronavirus don’t always realize they are ill, tests help identify who is infectious and needs to isolate in order to break the chain of transmission. Increased testing also helps public health officials, and elected leaders have better outbreak data on how many people are sick and where they are getting sick, which helps officials target their response.

People with coronavirus symptoms are encouraged to get tested as soon as possible. Testing is now available in some test collection locations to anyone, including people with no symptoms who have been in close contact with a person who tested positive, who have been in contact with a lot of people, or who just want to get tested.

Testing locations and information can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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