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Important COVID-19 Testing Update – August 11, 2020
As part of our commitment to patient and community health and well-being, Atrius Health is working every day to ensure availability and prioritization of vital resources to treat, protect and care for our patients and employees in these very challenging times.
Due to increased demand for COVID-19 testing, many resources that are required for testing are in short supply, which has resulted in significant constraints on our testing capacity. Atrius Health is currently prioritizing COVID-19 testing for those who are at the highest risk or have a clear medical necessity for testing, including patients who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, patients who will be undergoing essential and urgent procedures, and patients who are asymptomatic but have had a definitive and clear exposure to a person with COVID-19. We use our in-house laboratory for rapid processing of highest priority testing needs, and we also use an outside lab for other testing. Please note that turnaround time for results will vary depending on availability of testing kits and testing category prioritization.
Recently we have seen a dramatic increase in patients seeking testing for the purposes of shortening the duration of quarantine when traveling away from Massachusetts. Given the constraints on testing supplies and the need to prioritize for the most essential and high risk situations, we regret that Atrius Health does not offer travel-related COVID-19 testing at this time. To assist patients looking for this type of travel-related testing, our COVID-19 Resource Center team has created a list of outside testing sites that may be able to accommodate this type of need. Thank you for your understanding.