Long Islanders Complain Of Long Waits For Coronavirus Test Results

Sophia Hall
March 27, 2020 - 2:59 pm

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SEA CLIFF, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said she has heard of many complaints about people who tested for the coronavirus at Jones Beach and never got back their results.

"There has been a lot of frustration at the delay in getting test results," Curran said. "We're seeing now the focus move away from testing at Jones Beach and doing testing at doctor's offices."

Harvey Bass, a 73-year-old from Sea Cliff, is one of those people. He got tested on March 18, three days after showing symptoms.

Now more than one week later, isolated from his wife in his Sea Cliff home, he has still not gotten the results.

"My concern is I know in my own neighborhood a number of people who have gone for the test who haven't heard. If the numbers are bad right now and there's a lot of people out there who still haven't heard, imagine how bad it's going to get," Bass said, adding that the whole experience has been dizzying and frustrating. "There's a lot of anxiety, I'm not sleeping well because I'd like to know what my circumstances were. I'm a 73-year-old male, I was recently hospitalized with cellulitis, I have a history of cancer, I'm in that category."

Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein said, "The state is being very careful to make sure that the people who are being prioritized at the drive-thru are within certain criteria and it is health care providers, first responders, law enforcement, the contacts of close cases."

For Bass the good news is he no longer has a fever and is feeling better. 

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