Quest says average turnaround time for Covid tests now 2-3 days

Quest Diagnostics said in a statement, "As we reported last week, the nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases is contributing to growing demand for our COVID-19 molecular diagnostic testing services. In addition, the average positivity rate of specimens across our served regions continues to limit our ability to pool specimens. And, as we and others have reported, global supply constraints are an ongoing source of strain on laboratory testing. These dynamics are pressuring our testing capacity, causing delays for test results (turnaround time).

Our average turnaround time for reporting test results is approximately 2-3 days for all patients and approximately 2 days for our priority patients. We are taking several steps to address these dynamics. We continue to: expand our physical capacity with additional testing equipment and platforms; add capacity through our lab referral partner program; and remain in close contact with our suppliers to acquire the supplies needed to provide testing. We also continue to work with healthcare providers to prioritize testing, including for patients who are hospitalized, awaiting surgery or receiving care in congregate settings, such as nursing homes."

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