CVS testing is conducted by a large lab that handles tests all across the country. Those, like Quest and LabCorp — two Fortune 500 companies — are struggling to keep up with demand, the USA Today reported in mid-July.
On a Monday afternoon at Luxor, scientists in lab coats, gloves, and protective masks and face shields, worked over COVID-19 samples that were collected through nasal swabs.
One employee, Lindsey Contella, said she completes about 400 tests an hour during her shift.
“It was probably three months of trial and error before we found the process that works best,” Technical Supervisor Contella said.
This is a new task for a lab that up until March focused more on toxicology testing, blood work sampling, and more.
“We were a baby fish in the pond,” said lab director Snyder. “Now, we are a big fish.”
Luxor Scientific also provides rapid testing for patients who walk in without an appointment. For these patients who pay for the test, results are available that day. Some drive as far as Georgia, four hours away, to take advantage of that service, Snyder said.