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Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

Posted at 1:17 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 13:17:27-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — As coronavirus cases surge in hard-hit Florida, so do the turnaround times for test results.

The reasons are many. Often it has to do with lab staffing, backlogs or equipment shortages. Sometimes tests are done in house, while other tests are sent to labs out of state.

But there’s one place in Central Florida where people are being tested and getting results within a day: the NBA. Basketball players, team staff, news media and anyone else inside the “bubble” at the practice compound at Walt Disney World are tested daily.

This rankles some in Central Florida, who wonder why local, state and federal leaders can’t coordinate large-scale, organized testing, but the NBA can.