Since yesterday’s COVID-19 surveillance testing was completed, we’ve been receiving questions about next steps. Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions;
Q: How did testing work?
A: Testing took place from 10 am until 4 pm on May 12th. 120 residents and 181 employees were tested. Residents and staff that were in the buildings during this time were tested on-site. Staff not working were tested off site at the Centre at Bluffton. As this surveillance testing was organized over a short 48-hour window, any staff that weren’t able to participate in yesterday’s testing due to short notice are able to re-schedule.
Q: When will results be returned?
A: While result times can vary depending on the lab and other factors, we’ve usually been seeing a 48-72 hour turnaround time.
Q: How will I know the results of my test?
A: Results will be sent back to MHCO. Once results are received, positive results will be communicated with those residents (or responsible parties) and staff who tested positive by a phone call. After positive results have been communicated, a one-call now notification will be sent out to everyone indicating that if they have not received a positive result notification, then they or their loved one tested negative for COVID-19.