Demand for testing after Thanksgiving could put strain on state’s supply

Updated: Nov. 30, 2020 at 8:31 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We’re On Your Side with the best time to get tested for COVID-19 if you think you may have been exposed over the Thanksgiving holiday.

State health leaders said asymptomatic people should wait five to seven days after possible exposure before you get tested.

And while you wait, you need to quarantine.

Right now, the state says they have enough tests to handle demand.

But as case numbers increase, so does demand for testing, which could put a strain our state’s supply.

“If we saw a strain on the supply of testing, then my recommendation would be: first of all, to test persons that were symptomatic with the disease, and then also reduce the numbers of tests among persons that were asymptomatic but were seeking testing,” said Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Dr. Landers said once you have COVID-19, you do not need a repeat test to go back to work after you have finished quarantining.

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