Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh hosted an update on LCTV featuring Public Health Director Dan Stapleton in a conversation on lengthy waiting periods at state run COVID-19 testing sites.
Initially prompting the conversation, Wydysh remarked, “We have been reading articles about delays across the country and in other states – how hard it is to get testing – or the waiting for those results to come back.” Stapleton was quick to respond, “Well, it’s definitely a concern, having a difference of 10 days waiting to get the results can lead to community spread. So, we are very concerned about any delays.”
Stapleton cited Niagara County’s testing sites as a closer model to the efficiency required within sites overseen by the New York State Department of Health. He noted, “We were able to form a partnership with ECMC very early on. We get our results in 2 to 3 days. The partnership we have with ECMC of 2 to 3 days is really very remarkable.”
Lastly, Stapleton informed area residents, “I have had discussions with the State Department of Health to let them know, an extra 10 days is not acceptable. They need to pick up the pace. They need to find another way to get those test results quicker.”
According to the information given during this update, Niagara County’s current overall daily infection rate rests at 3.3%. On average, within the last two months, Niagara County has been at half the infection rate of the state as a whole. According to Stapleton, that figure holds even when excluding New York City from the statewide equation.