Demand for COVID testing slows results
GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KTEN) — Denison hairdresser Kosha Freun came in close contact with two people who had tested positive for COVID-19. She got tested on January 7.
"I've been waiting on the lab; they said 24 to 48 hours, so I've been waiting on it," Freun said. "As of today, it is still in pending status."
After waiting several days with no answer, and with tests still difficult to find, Freun decided to close The Best Cut and Color Corral Salon for three days, setting her budget back by hundreds of dollars.
"It's hard, but at the same time, I'd rather lose that money than hurt or expose my older clients," she said. "I have a lot of weeklies that come in that are older, and even with a mask, it's not 100 percent. I would feel guilty if something happened."
Many testing sites aren't able to process PCR results on site, so they send the samples to a lab out of county. Those labs are receiving tests from all over.
Some Texoma sites are finding new labs that aren't as overwhelmed.
"It was about a 7-to-10 day turnaround because they were so busy, and this one has been about a 1-to-3 day turnaround, which has been so great for patients that need the testing quicker," said Jennifer Reynolds, a test administrator with AD Precision Health. AD Precision Health has COVID-19 testing locations in Sherman and Denison.
One location in Sherman is able to run PCR tests on site, and can sometimes provide same-day results.
"We have been putting in as many hours as we can handle, with staff also getting sick; Omicron is everywhere at the moment," said Advanced Laboratory Services owner Timothy McClure. "We are opening up slots; we are filled up with our schedule, but we're opening up slots to accommodate another 150. We've been doing about 500 in the drive-thru daily."
Testing information about Advanced Laboratory Services testing sites can be found here.