Aug. 04, 2020

HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) has asked the PA Department of Health to reduce the wait times for COVID test results.

The administration recently announced that select Walmart locations across the state will begin providing drive-thru testing for residents living in areas where there is a need for testing sites. According to the release, the average turnaround time for patients to receive their test results is seven or more days.

“This is unfortunate,” Stephens said. “In Montgomery County, we will be getting test results back within 36 hours through Mako Medical and The Physicians Integrated Network (TPIN).

Earlier this month, Stephens worked with TPIN, an organization of 750 physician specialists serving 1.6 million patients in the Delaware Valley, to reduce the time it takes to receive test results in Montgomery County.

Last week Stephens announced that Mako-Medical had agreed to provide COVID-19 test results to Montgomery County within 36 hours. Currently results are taking up to 14 days.

“The state must follow this example,” Stephens said. “Waiting two weeks for a test result is useless to a patient who may be infected.”

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: David Foster