SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – With the huge demand for COVID-19 testing during the winter hike in cases, it has taken more time for residents to get test results and some have said they have not gotten their results at all.
Pictures of undelivered samples of COVID test kits were sent to Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, who said they were sitting on a FedEx plant for an indefinite period of time, which may have affected their quality.
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County residents who are desperate for answers have, according to the supervisor, received emails that it is now recommended to retest.
“We have seen delays in test results throughout the county. It has been multifaceted. We have seen cases of delays at FedEx and pictures of tests in department stores. We have seen cases of tests that come too late due to shipping delays and then become invalid. , ”Said Nick Anas, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Foley.
During the Omicron rise, Supervisor Foley has handed out hundreds of free COVID test kits offered by Orange County at vaccine clinics. Stands are set up at John Wayne Airport to distribute kits, and they are sent to those who request them on the Orange County Hedge Care Agency’s website.
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However, some of these have been delayed due to shipping issues.
Tim Steed of the Orange County Employees Association represents 10,000 county employees, including health care workers.
“If these are not addressed, it puts our entire public health safety net behind. We can not track the contract, identify where outbreaks are, and identify communities in need where we need to provide additional services. The whole chain breaks if the test chain breaks,” he said. Steed.
Supervisor Foley said she was looking at opening large drive-thru test sites at the Honda Center or trade show area and finding new test vendors and couriers.
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County Health said increased demand for testing and vaccines, sick staff and winter storms are causing delays through every step of the process.