Frustrations mount over scarcity of coronavirus testing in Valley – KFSN-TV

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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — As extra circumstances of COVID-19 are reported within the Central Valley, extra individuals proceed to voice their frustrations surrounding testing.

At the moment, if you wish to be examined for the illness, it’s a must to meet sure standards.

Melissa of Fresno County is pissed off.

She has been sick for the final 5 weeks after coming in touch with two coworkers who returned from a cruise in late January. Certainly one of them was sick.

She solely needs to be recognized by her first identify for fears of repercussion at work.

“I’ve by no means been sick this lengthy although so that’s the reason it worries me and for my daughter to get sick, that worries me additionally as a result of she by no means will get sick,” says Melissa.

She’s involved she may have contracted COVID-19 however hasn’t been in a position to get examined.

The well being division instructed her she and her daughter weren’t in danger.

“She stated we had been low-risk, as a result of we weren’t working excessive fevers, our respiratory was okay and weren’t with somebody who examined constructive,” Melissa says.

Different testing standards additionally embody touring in another country and being in a county with excessive case numbers.

One other Fresno County resident who needs to stay nameless is voicing comparable considerations.

Her 50-year-old husband just lately traveled to the East Coast after which San Francisco. He is now exhibiting coronavirus-like signs.

“I am involved in regards to the public and the individuals he got here in touch with,” she says.

After spending a number of days and numerous hours on the telephone with the county and Well being Division, she was lastly in a position to get him examined.

It will take a few days earlier than she will get the outcomes again.

She’s at present isolating her husband in a bed room.

“I have been taking him meals via the door with a masks and a trash bag on, I do not know if that helps,” she says.

At the moment, 22 public well being labs within the state are testing samples for COVID-19.

A type of is positioned within the Central Valley in Tulare County.

The FDA introduced Saturday it will likely be rolling out a brand new take a look at on the finish of March that may present outcomes inside hours.

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