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Allegheny County seeing significant interest in testing for coronavirus – WTAE Pittsburgh

June 29th, 2020

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Allegheny County, county leaders say more and more people are going to get tested for the virus.Allegheny Health Network hosted a mobile testing site in the Hill District on Monday and it was so busy that people were turned away.”Well when we went there she said we had to have an appointment,” said Harrison Graham. “We don’t. She said we can go to Clairton or wherever but I’ll just play it by ear now.”Officials with AHN said they were taking walk-up patients, but had to stop, and tested 64 people on Monday. The week before they were testing on average 25 people a day.Deborah Hosking was easily able to make an appointment through her doctor.”I was on FaceTime with my doctor and we discussed the situation and a while later I got a phone call from AHN and they sent me up here and here I am,” she said.”Health officials said they are seeing a significant increase in the interest in being tested, and tests themselves are also on the rise. At one point, over a three day period, more than 1,000 people a day were tested.”I’m confident our county has the testing capacity to handle it and we will continue to work to continue to expand capacity,” said Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen.Doctors with Allegheny Health Network said they’re testing patients who have symptoms of the virus and those who have known exposure. County health leaders suggested anyone that traveled to hot spots for the virus get tested, but AHN said they’re not expanding their testing just yet.”Right now we’re just balancing the increased need with our known testing supply and capacity so it might change but it comes down to the supply and demand and prioritizing our testing for folks who need it most,” said Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher.People who want to get tested can request one through their doctor, or schedule an appointment at several mobile sites or Rite Aid.Doctors say there is a high false-negative rate if people are tested too soon after exposure, so your best bet is to wait.”What we’ve been doing internally is waiting until at least the 5th day after you’re last known exposure because that’s the time frame you’re most likely going to test positive if you’ve actually contracted it, whether or not you have symptoms,” said Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher.

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Allegheny County, county leaders say more and more people are going to get tested for the virus.

Allegheny Health Network hosted a mobile testing site in the Hill District on Monday and it was so busy that people were turned away.

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“Well when we went there she said we had to have an appointment,” said Harrison Graham. “We don’t. She said we can go to Clairton or wherever but I’ll just play it by ear now.”

Officials with AHN said they were taking walk-up patients, but had to stop, and tested 64 people on Monday. The week before they were testing on average 25 people a day.

Deborah Hosking was easily able to make an appointment through her doctor.

“I was on FaceTime with my doctor and we discussed the situation and a while later I got a phone call from AHN and they sent me up here and here I am,” she said.”

Health officials said they are seeing a significant increase in the interest in being tested, and tests themselves are also on the rise. At one point, over a three day period, more than 1,000 people a day were tested.

“I’m confident our county has the testing capacity to handle it and we will continue to work to continue to expand capacity,” said Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen.

Doctors with Allegheny Health Network said they’re testing patients who have symptoms of the virus and those who have known exposure. County health leaders suggested anyone that traveled to hot spots for the virus get tested, but AHN said they’re not expanding their testing just yet.

“Right now we’re just balancing the increased need with our known testing supply and capacity so it might change but it comes down to the supply and demand and prioritizing our testing for folks who need it most,” said Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher.

People who want to get tested can request one through their doctor, or schedule an appointment at several mobile sites or Rite Aid.

Doctors say there is a high false-negative rate if people are tested too soon after exposure, so your best bet is to wait.

“What we’ve been doing internally is waiting until at least the 5th day after you’re last known exposure because that’s the time frame you’re most likely going to test positive if you’ve actually contracted it, whether or not you have symptoms,” said Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher.

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