Testing for the coronavirus continues at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, and Faith O’Niel, customer development and marketing consultant, said Thursday it typically takes an average of seven days to receive test results.
Also on Thursday, Sentara sent out a corporate-wide news update saying testing could take up to 10 days or longer in Virginia and North Carolina due to a high volume of testing.
But, O’Niel said that is “to be determined here.”
“That is not drastically different from what we have been experiencing here,” she added.
The customer development and marketing consultant also said she assumed the length of time it takes to receive test results also would depend on a case-by-case basis.
Nonetheless, she said Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital does have testing in house, but could not speak to the amount of testing that has been done.
She said if any individual meets the Virginia Department of Health and CDC guidelines to receive the test, they will be tested.
“We’re testing when appropriate,” said O’Niel.
This comes days after Senata Halifax Regional Hospital announced that a medical staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.
The hospital has not released any further updates on the individual other than that the provider is isolation at home.
When asked for updates, O’Niel said the hospital was not providing any further updates at this time.
She also said earlier this week that the hospital is working with the Virginia Department of Health to communicate with any persons who may have had contact with the provider.
“We are assessing potential exposures to our staff and are taking the appropriate precautions to test if necessary. We are doing all we can to prevent further spread by using best practices and protective equipment to keep our employees, physicians and the community safe. We are unable to provide additional specifics due to federal privacy laws,” a statement released by O’Niel read.
If you have a respiratory illness that includes a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath and you meet travel or exposure criteria for COVID-19, Sentara recommends the following:
• Call your healthcare provider to determine the safest screening method for you. If you are a Sentara patient, this may include a video visit.
• Consider a virtual visit to determine if you need further screening or testing. Many insurance plans, including Optima Health, will cover the member cost of testing for COVID-19. Options include Sentara Video Visits or MDLIVE.
• If you have a respiratory illness that includes a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath and you meet travel or exposure criteria for COVID-19, and you do not have a primary care physician, cannot participate in a virtual visit or a visit has recommended further screening or testing for COVID-19, visit your local emergency department. Please call in advance so that infection prevention precautions may be taken to protect you, other patients, visitors and employees.