Increasing demand for COVID-19 tests putting major strain on local testing sites

Increasing demand for COVID-19 tests putting major strain on local testing sites

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — As Allegheny County continues to go through a large increase in coronavirus cases, there is also a surge in demand for those who need tested.

However, available slots for COVID-19 tests are few and far between.

On Friday, the McKeesport testing site experienced such a high demand that workers had to turn people away who didn’t have appointments. The facility was at maximum capacity by shortly after noon.

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It’s frustrating for families who are trying to do the right thing by getting tested before Thanksgiving, especially with the new travel restrictions.

In Allegheny County right now, here’s what you need to know about testing sites:

  • There are more than 50 testing sites in the county
  • Each site has about 250 test kits
  • Priority is given to those who are sick (symptomatic)
  • Results come in 2-3 days on average

With the result turnaround time, it is not certain you will get your COVID-19 result before Thanksgiving. Also, you cannot even make an appointment for next week until Saturday morning.

There are some CVS and urgent care locations that have rapid testing -- with results in about 20 minutes.

However, if you don’t have symptoms and just want to get tested for travel, it will cost you. CVS told Channel 11 it could be up to $130.

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