Allegheny County seeing significant interest in testing for coronavirus

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Allegheny County officials say more people want to get tested for the virus and they are confident they have the testing capacity to handle demand
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INCREASED DEMAND? >> The Reporter: RIGHT BEHIND ME IS A MOBILE TESTING SITE FOR COVID-19. THEY GOT SLAMMED TODAY, MORE THAN 60 PEOPLE SHOWED UP, SO RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE ONLY TAKING THOSE WHO HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT. HEALTH OFFICIALS I TALKED TO SAY TESTING IS UP ACROSS-THE-BOARD, AND COUNTY LEADERS SAY, THEY'RE ABLE TO HANDLE THOSE TESTS. THIS ALLEGHENY HEALTH NETWORK TESTING CLINIC WAS SO BUSY TODAY, PEOPLE LIKE HARRISON GRAM WERE TURNED AWAY. >> WELL, WHEN WE WENT THERE, SHE SAID WE HAD TO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT AND WHEN WE DON'T, SHE SAID WE CAN GO TO CLARION OR WHATEVER, BUT I JUST PLAY IS BY EAR NOW. >>> THE MOBILE SITE TESTED 64 PEOPLE TODAY. LAST WEEK ON AVERAGE, THEY SAW 25 PEOPLE A DAY. DEBRA WAS EASILY ABLE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. >> AND I WAS ON FACETIME WITH MY DOCTOR AND WE DISCUSSED THE SITUATION, AND A WHILE LATER, I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM AHN, AND THEY SENT ME UP HERE, AND HERE I AM. >> The Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS SAID THEY ARE SEEING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THOSE WHO WANT TO GET TESTED. THIS GRAPHIC SHOWS YOU TESTING DONE IN MARCH TO JUST LAST WEEK. AT ONE POINT, OVER A THREE-DAY PERIOD, MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE WERE TEST TED CRUZ. -- WERE TESTED. >> I'M CONFIDENT OUR COUNTY HAS THE TESTING CAPACITY TO HANDLE IT AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND CAPACITY. >> The Reporter: DOCTORS WITH ALLEGHENY HEALTH NETWORK SAY THEY ARE TESTING THOSE WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS AND THOSE WHO HAVE KNOWN EXPOSURE. COUNTY HEALTH LEADERS SUGGESTED ANYONE WHO TRAVEL TO HOT SPOTS GET TESTED, BUT AHN SAID HERE NOT EXPANDING THAT TESTING JUST YET. >> RIGHT NOW, WE'RE JUST BALANCING THE INCREASED NEED WITH OUR KNOWN TESTING SUPPLY AND CAPACITY, AND SO, IT MIGHT CHANGE, IT COMES DOWN TO THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND, AND PRIORITIZING OUR TESTING FOR FOLKS WHO NEED IT MOST. >> The Reporter: BUT YOU CAN STILL GET TESTED AT SITES LIKE THIS ONE OR RITE AID AND WAIT UNTIL THE FIFTH DAY AFTER EXPOSURE. >> SO THAT'S THE TIME FRAME, WHEN YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO TEST POSITIVE, IF YOU ACTUALLY HAVE CONTRACTED IT, WHETHER OR NO

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