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Arkansas testing site tested more than 1,000 people in six out of seven days last week setting absolute record high number



Little Rock, Arkansas – As the Omicron continues to spread across the state of Arkansas, more and more people who have been in contact with a positive case are now requesting to get tested for the virus.

The situation at the testing sites is pretty much complicated as people sometimes end up waiting to get tested for hours. The current situation is fueled with the home-kits shortage throughout the country even further increasing the demand at the testing sites.

Baptist Health in Little Rock last week reported the highest number of tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.

According to them, the highest number of daily tests since the start of the pandemic since few weeks ago was just above 500. But things have drastically changed lately and they managed to conduct more than 1,000 tests in six out of seven days last week.

The site data shows that combined they tested more than 11,000 people in that, single week.

“It has been one of the craziest weeks we’ve ever had here at Baptist Health,” said Doctor Amanda Novack.

“What’s interesting is none of this is really an overreaction. It’s not like people are hysterically getting tested,” said Novack. “We’re seeing the highest positivity rates that we’ve ever seen.”

What comes as an alarming fact is the positivity rate which was above 40% in all operating days.

Novack added that they are asking people who already tested positive once or live with someone who already tested positive on Covid-19 to stay at home and do not test especially if they don’t have symptoms.

“If you’re sick and someone in your home has been diagnosed with Covid, it’s not usually necessary to get tested. It’s a pretty safe bet that those symptoms are from Covid,” said Novack.

In addition, those who will make an appointment with their hospital are more than welcome, but should be advised to stay calm, kind and patient.

“Nobody really signed up for this,” she said. “Nobody got up last week and set out to do this, so we are trying our best. It really goes a long way when people are gracious or grateful for what we’re doing out there.”

The testing site operates every day, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.