First COVID-19 Test Results in 12 Hours
HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) announced that yesterday Montgomery County began using the new testing platform he recommended and participants received results in a little over 12 hours.
Tim Levy, a Montgomery County resident, had a COVID-19 test performed at 4:10 p.m. when he signed up for the Mako notification system and received his result at 4:16 a.m., about 12 hours after the sample was collected. The test was conducted Aug. 17, the Montgomery County system’s first day in operation. Stephens visited the Mako testing site on its first day of operation.
“This is great news,” Stephens said. “It proves we can return results to individuals while there is time to treat a patient who needs it or allow those who test negative to return to work or school or contact vulnerable family members without unnecessary delays.”
When constituents reported it was taking 14 days to receive COVID testing results in July, Stephens began working with The Physicians Integrated Network (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.
Following Stephens’s introduction, Mako-Medical signed an agreement with Montgomery County to test COVID-19 specimens, which are flown by private plane to North Carolina with a less than 36-hour turnaround time. That turnaround time is a contractual obligation written into the agreement.
Mako-Medical will be calling the county with daily positive results, and a spreadsheet will be sent to the county with all results. The company will also notify patients when their results are completed via text message to limit phone calls and work for the county.
"The physicians of TPIN are excited about the success of yesterday's launch,” said Mark Victor, MD, Chairman-TPIN. “Getting timely results will enable our patients to return to work and resume their normal routines with the least amount of disruption."
"The residents of Montgomery County should be extremely grateful to Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh, Dr. Alvin Wang, and Rep. Todd Stephens,” Victor said. “The amount of integration and logistics to make this happen were herculean and would not have been successful without the Montgomery County leadership's persistence."
Representative Todd Stephens
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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Rep. Todd Stephens visits the COVID-19 Mako testing site.