Results of COVID-19 tests being delayed because of surge in testing

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So many people are being tested for COVID-19 in Washington state, the results are now being delayed up to five days, the Chelan-Douglas Health District said Wednesday.

The health district said the recent surge in cases also created a surge in the demand for testing across the state, which has overwhelmed labs.

The health district said it is bringing in extra help to reach out to people who were tested recently at Wenatchee High School.

Medical Teams International, which recently did communitywide testing in Cashmere and Chelan, said if people haven’t received a call within five days of their test they can assume they tested negative. MTI is only calling people with positive test results, the health district said.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported its second triple-digit day of positive tests Wednesday, with exactly 100 new cases of the virus confirmed Wednesday.

The district reported 105 new cases last Thursday.

The health district’s weekly “thermographic,” which measures the number of cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days, took another huge leap this week.

In the report released Wednesday, Chelan and Douglas counties were at almost 869 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two week.

That’s up from 632 new cases per 100,000 population reported in the previous week’s thermographic.