CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The demand for increased testing is a direct result of the sharp rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the Mountain State over the past week. And with summer travel underway, more positive cases are predicted.
With that in mind, Senator Joe Manchin toured Q-Labs in Charleston today. He says Congress needs to fund even more testing.
“I am fighting because we put a lot of money in, and the federal government has put a lot of money in for testing. And a person who does not have insurance or money to pay, should not be prohibited from getting a test. So I’m glad that the state, I am glad that we’ve been doing different free testing, but we just don’t do enough of it. And we need to do more,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia.
Q-labs is the only facility in the state that does testing from sample collection to analyzing results on-site. Other labs send their samples out-of-state for analysis, and that can slow down the whole process.
“And so a lab is experiencing deficits in personnel or supplies, or even just speed of equipment, it affects the turnaround time, and that as a direct impact on patient care,” said Mary Collins with Q-Labs of West Virginia.
Q-Labs said today it will be in Morgantown, to test every student, faculty and staff member before West Virginia University re-opens for the fall semester.