COUNTY EXPERIENCING COVID-19 TEST DELAYS DUE TO NATIONAL SUPPLY DISRUPTION
With the spike in COVID-19 cases nationally, there is a national supply disruption in reagent, a necessary lab solution needed to complete tests. This national disruption has impacted the testing at Meritus Health due to the unreliable availability of lab testing solution. As a result, COVID-19 test results may be delayed. To preserve the local reagent supply for those in our community who are most vulnerable, a third party lab vendor will begin being utilized for testing results. The turnaround time for test results from a third party lab vendor is expected to be about 3 to 5 days. If you have COVID-19 related questions, please call the COVID-19 Care Line at 301-790-9170.
The Washington County Emergency Operations Center and Meritus Health are taking all necessary steps to obtain additional reagent needed for testing.
COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING AVAILABLE LOCALLY
Antibody testing is available at all Meritus Medical Laboratory patient service centers. A lab order from a person’s primary care provider is required in order to have a COVID-19 antibody test. Antibody tests do not take the place of COVID-19 screening tests. Insurance or patients will be billed for antibody testing. Meritus Medical Laboratory locations and hours are available online at https://www.meritushealth.com/treatment-care/medical-lab/
FREE TELEHEALTH VISITS AVAILABLE
Meritus Health continues to offer FREE telehealth visits. These visits will allow patients to speak directly with a primary care provider to discuss health concerns.
Telehealth visits are available from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. To request a telehealth visit please complete the form below.