Lehigh Valley sees some delays in coronavirus testing due to spike in cases

Written by on November 19, 2020

Lehigh Valley sees some delays in coronavirus testing due to spike in cases 

By Genesis Ortega

November 19, 2020

Nurse Tanya Markos administers a coronavirus test on patient Ricardo Sojuel at a mobile COVID-19 testing unit, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lawrence, Mass. Elise Amendola / AP Photo

Coronavirus is hitting its highest numbers this month – more so than in the spring. And while there are now record numbers of cases in Pennsylvania, access to testing is much different now than at the beginning of the pandemic.

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Dr. Marcelo Gareca is an infectious disease specialist at Lehigh Valley Health Network. 

He says that the recent surge in COVID numbers caused some delays in testing but that the health network is in a much better place now and has the resources to support this demand. 

“One of the things that we faced in the spring was the fact that we had a shortage of testing, but if we have enough tests, always air on the side of overtesting,” said Gareca.

Gareca says prior to testing you should always contact a healthcare professional if you think you’ve been exposed. 

“You could’ve been exposed. You can be traveling. Some places are requiring this, so there are other reasons.”

Lehigh Valley Health Network is offering testing at all ExpressCARE locations and at Coordinated Health Care On Demand sites. 

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