Labs Under Strain Of Large Covid Test LoadJuly 15th, 2020
More tests means more work for the laboratories that process them. In Mobile, Coast Diagnostics processes coronavirus tests for about 35 South Mississippi clinics. Even with a 24-7 operation, they remain at their capacity.
“There’s a demand right now that is higher than the supply,” said Coast Diagnostics CEO Brian Ward.
Coast Diagnostics in Mobile processes between 2,500 and 3,500 COVID swab tests a day from clinics in four states. They have expanded their facility and hired 55 new people in the last two months, but the demand doesn’t decrease. It brings into question whether there should be better controls on who gets tested and when.