Some still waiting for COVID-19 test results from state-run site

Reporter: Sydney Persing Writer: Jackie Winchester
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Another 700-plus people were tested Wednesday for COVID-19 at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in south Fort Myers. While that’s good news, the bad news is that none of them know when they’ll get their results.

The wait time for results varies from person to person, but for Marlene Lemoine Huie, she’s been waiting six days.

“It told me in the paperwork that I would receive my result between two to five days. So I waited. And today’s the sixth day,” she said.

“I called the number on the paper they gave me, which was the lab, and they said they could not help me.”

Amy Bollen, public information officer for the test site, explained that the state’s paperwork telling people to call the lab is a problem.

Why? It’s just wrong.

“I know it says two to five days; it’s not happening in two days,” she said.

Bollen also said the state told her that they are “adding more personnel starting tomorrow, especially at the call centers.”

Huie wants to know if that personnel will be at the labs or at the doctor’s office, and when she and everyone else can expect to hear their results.

Bollen said she’s trying to get answers from the state and rush the tests to the lab.

“If they get tested today, the lab receives them tomorrow there overnight every time. Directly to the lab.”

In the meantime, Huie continues to wait, to see if she has the virus.

“Just sitting here thinking, well, do I have it? Can I go out and sit outside without my mask? I just don’t want to infect people.”

If you were tested at CenturyLink Sports Complex and have waited the five days, you should call 954-239-8167 or 954-239-8806 to ask about your results.

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