Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Survey finds delays in reporting virus test results


Christina Cassidy, state government reporter, Atlanta, targeted 10 states that have quickly rising coronavirus infections, finding that the crucial turnaround time to get results from a coronavirus test is exceeding federal guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline for results is less than two days.

In the absence of federal data, Cassidy’s state-by-state reporting found typical turnaround times of three days from public labs, and longer lag times at commercial labs. Her story included a global perspective, noting the turn-around time is much faster in South Korea but much worse in some other countries, including South Africa.

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A CVS pharmacy technician demonstrates how COVID-19 tests are processed in a testing area set up at St. Vincent de Paul medical clinic in Phoenix, June 15, 2020. – AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin
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