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Lag in receiving Covid test results contributing to ‘out of control’ spread in Malheur County

Covid testing (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

As Covid cases surge in Malheur County and across the country, the long turnaround time for test results is adding another difficult obstacle in stopping the pandemic.

Delays in receiving test results because labs are overwhelmed, short on supplies and an overall lack of testing are contributing to the “out of control” spread of Covid in Malheur County, said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

“Right now, we're not doing enough testing and know that there's a lot of cases out there we don't know about — meaning that people don't know that they're positive either,” said Poe.

At a July 16 press conference, State Medical Officer Dean Sidelinger said “it's important to be able to receive the results of [a Covid test] ideally in 24 to . . .