Coronavirus testing event runs out of tests

Published 3:41 pm Thursday, July 2, 2020

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The demand exceeded the supply at the Lunenburg Community Testing Event Saturday, June 27, at Central High School.

The goal of the event, put on by the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Piedmont Health District with the help of a commercial lab, was to offer the opportunity for free COVID-19 testing for people who are not showing symptoms.

David Martin, local health emergency coordinator for the Piedmont Health District, said the lab ran out of test kits.

“So they had to break down early,” he said. “But we did 377 total.”

Originally scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the free testing event ended around 2 p.m., both because of a lack of more test kits and because the commercial lab needed to leave for another event, Martin said.

“When we started at 10, we had two lanes up to the (school’s front) door,” he said. “It was out the bus loop, down past the end of the football field down Tomlinson (Road).”

He noted event staff were able to test a carload at a time.

“We’re going to try to canvas and find other local testing opportunities for the folks that maybe didn’t get in today,” he said.

He noted the next opportunity will not be in Victoria but rather in the surrounding area, with elsewhere in Lunenburg County or Charlotte County at least being among the possible locations.

Martin said the tests administered Saturday did not provide rapid results.

“It will take 48 to 72 hours to get the results back,” he said. “At that time, the results will come back to the health department, and we’ll make notification on anyone that had a negative test and those that had a positive test also.”

For the positives results, VDH will start a case investigation.