In the beginning days of the COVID-19 pandemic reaching our area, COVID-19 swab tests were taking roughly 3-7 days to be resulted from the lab we use. Thankfully, Quest labs was able to improve this turnaround time to 2-3 days for most of May and the first half of June, processing as many as 100,000 swab tests each day.
However, as testing availability has increased around the nation throughout June & July, Quest labs has been thus far unable to keep up with the demand even with a rapid scaling up of capacity. This means that it is now taking 7-14 days to get COVID-19 test results. (Quest)
Please know that this is as frustrating for you as it is for us! With that being said, whether or not you are tested and get official results, if you have been exposed in close contact to a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the CDC recommends you stay home and monitor your health for 14 days. Please follow their guidelines below to determine if your interaction qualifies as “close contact.”