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Virus test results delayed in Martin County

'Incredibly frustrating' to patients, health officials
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Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 30, 2020

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — A large volume of test samples is creating a delay for results for some people in Martin County.

"That's incredibly frustrating to those patients and incredibly frustrating to us," said Cleveland Clinic Martin Health President Rob Lord, who spoke at a public meeting on Monday.

Lord said they are in contact daily with the commercial lab doing the testing.

A representative for Martin Health said the issue is the volume of test samples coming in from various places, including the drive-through testing site at Martin North Hospital.

"I'm very frustrated," said Lisa Bali, who has been quarantined in her Stuart home since her test last Monday.

Bali said her two sisters, one in Palm Beach County and the other in Citrus County, got positive test results within three days of their tests.

She said she's being told she may have to wait another 10 days for her results.

Lord said test results are still coming in from two weeks ago. "Yesterday I know we received a ton of test results from tests performed on the 17th," he said. "I still have a number of tests outstanding from the 15th and 16th."