Are Pop-ups Offering COVID Testing? – Los Angeles

Branden Adams came to LA for a COVID testing. He spotted a temporary test site under a tent near the corner 3rd Street and Fairfax.

Adams was still not satisfied with his results days later.

“I was a little irritated. I spent thirty minutes in line to get tested. They said I’d get my results back in 24 hours, that did not happen,”Adams spoke to the NBC4 I-Team.

Pop-up COVID test locations have appeared in Southern California on streets corners and in parking lots to help meet the demands of thousands of people trying to get tested. Public health experts believe testing can slow down the surge.

“Of course if you are symptomatic, you need to be tested,”Robert Kim-Farley from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health said this.

“And if you’ve been exposed [to someone who has COVID-19], you’ll want to be tested immediately if you’re unvaccinated, and then again about 5-7 days after that,”Dr. Kim-Farley agreed. Dr. Kim-Farley stated that if you have been vaccinated or boosted and are exposed to someone who has become positive, you should be tested within 5-7 days, according to the CDC.

Consumers have been waiting in line at pop-up locations to be tested. But some are skeptical.

“That is something that I would like to know and I don’t know how to find out,” Branden Adams told NBC4.

According to medical experts, there are certain questions that you should ask before being tested at a pop-up site.

  • Ask the lab that processed the site’s test results for their name. The name of the lab processing the site’s test results is often different from that on the tent at the location.
  • Next, ensure that the lab is clean. “CLIA”It’s certified if it meets the standards established by the federal government. This free tool will allow you to find out the name of your lab. CDC Database.
  • For PCR tests, it is important to check how quickly a laboratory responds to requests for test results. Look up the laboratory on the The. “Turnaround Time”Dashboard for this state California website.

According to public health experts, a laboratory should process and report test results within 24 hours.

“You really need to get your test results back within 24 to 48 hours,”Jeffrey Klausner from USC’s Keck Medical School is an independent medical doctor for Curative. Curative provides COVID testing at locations all over the country.

“Up to 48 hours still has clinical relevance in terms of your ability to seek treatment should you test positive,”Klausner shared his thoughts with the I-Team. “It’s not acceptable to get test results back beyond 48 hours,”He concluded.

When the I-Team reviewed the state’s turnaround data, it discovered that some laboratories were turning COVID tests around in three to more days.

Branden Adams had to wait 78 hours before he received his results from the pop up site at 3rd & Fairfax. The pop-up is managed by the nearby Optimum Pharmacy.

“I was a little upset,”Adams told the I-Team that he was eager to see results after some relatives had recently been positive for HIV.

The supervisor of the Optimum website, identified as “Lance,”I-Team received word that their lab was overloaded this week. “They are backed up,”Lance stated.

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