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RI experiencing delay in getting some COVID-19 test results back

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) — Some Rhode Islanders may wait an extra day or two to get their COVID-19 test results back, according to state health officials.

dr. Philip Chan, a medical adviser to the RI Department of Health, says delays have occurred at the lab that conducts the majority of state tests here in Rhode Island.

“They had a problem with their machines,” said Dr. Chan.

dr. Chan said the state expects the issue to be resolved and resolved by mid-week, but to acknowledge that people may experience delays when being tested at a state-run testing site. Chan said the issue affected PCR testing, not rapid testing.

“So, people just ask for their patience. We’re working on it, we’re working on it. But be sure to factor that into any travel plans,” Chan said.

Home tests are also available at pharmacies and major retail stores, but Chan noted that there was a shortage of tests ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

“In fact, I was able to buy some Binax home tests a few days ago when I hadn’t been able to get them for the past few weeks, so we’re seeing an increase in the supply of the home-based tests,” Chan said.