Why COVID-19 test results are taking longer than expected

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Many people are experiencing longer wait times for their COVID-19 test results. And they want to know why.

Some residents say it takes more than a week to find out if they have coronavirus or not.

According to Michael Hokanson, the North Central Health District Public Information Officer, the delay comes from the increased demand for testing.

Hokanson says with more residents getting tested, it takes an average of 4 to 14 days to get results.

“Every single provider that is able to do COVID-19 testing is sending off a large number of samples to the labs,” Hokanson said. “Because of this, the logs are backlogged. They are sitting on samples that are taking a while to test.”

Hokanson recommends looking at the isolation and quarantine guidelines if you experience symptoms but still waiting for results.

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Rashaad Vann comes to Georgia from Detroit, Michigan. He most recently worked as a Regional News Reporter and Sports Anchor for News Channel Nebraska in Norfolk, Nebraska. While in college, he interned at WSFA-TV and WVAS-FM in Montgomery. While growing up, he was always involved in sports such as football, swimming, track and cross country. After high school, he studied and graduated from Alabama State University with a degree in communications. Rashaad loves to travel because it offers an opportunity to learn and connect with different people. He’s a member and is involved in several different social and community service organizations that give back to the community locally and nationwide.