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New Mexico residents endure long wait for virus results

Added 12-01-20 11:03:01am EST - “New Mexico residents have waited in longer lines for COVID-19 testing and must wait several days to several weeks for test results as confirmed coronavirus cases surge throughout the state, health officials said.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “New Mexico residents endure long wait for virus results”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico residents have waited in longer lines for COVID-19 testing and must wait several days to several weeks for test results as confirmed coronavirus cases surge throughout the state, health officials said.

Department of Health spokesperson Marisa Maez said Monday that the waits are happening because more daily cases mean more testing, putting strain on laboratories and increasing result delays, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Maria Higuera went to get tested for COVID-19 at a state health department office in Santa Fe on Nov. 18 and was still waiting for her results on Monday. Higuera said she and her family were tested in preparation for a visit with her son in Utah last week.

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“If I knew it would have taken 12 days, I wouldn’t have done it,” she said, adding she’d been tested three times before and never waited more than several days for her test results.

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