Stevens County Emergency Manager Dona Greiner told the County’s Board of Commissioners at their meeting yesterday that the county health services are low on some critical testing supplies.
“Over the last week, we’ve seen hospitals and testing clinics unable to get the swabs that they need and the reagents for testing. So we’re working on that throughout the region,” said Greiner. “We have plans in place through our regional healthcare partners. We’re working together with our hospitals to make sure that we can transfer from each other more easily. And then also the return time for those testing, it used to be 3 to 5 days the results would come back and now it’s up to 7 days is what we’re seeing — and sometimes seeing longer than that.”
She reported there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the county, even though there have been reports of increasing numbers of confirmed cases in the past week. This led to discussion and concern among some Commissioners about the time lag between the reporting of cases by the Department of Health and the actual situation on the ground. Greiner said she hopes to get answers about that in her next call with state public health officials.