“We acknowledge we do need more testing.”

Marc Weiszer raises a good point in this story.  With the wait to get results for a COVID-19 test in Georgia nowadays running as much or more than two weeks, how can the football program meet the proposed P5 testing protocols?

Test results for the site in Athens operated by the Northeast Health District or its mobile unit typically take seven to 10 business days, Clarke County Health Department clinic manager Sarah Peck said Thursday.

Against that backdrop, the Georgia football team is preparing for a possible season where increased testing and timely results will be needed.

UGA has declined to provide answers about the frequency with which it is testing athletes and the turnaround time to get results. Athletic director Greg McGarity has deferred to longtime director of sports medicine Ron Courson for details including if players will be tested weekly once full contact practices begin, but Courson has not been made available to speak about COVID-19 related matters to the media since the pandemic began.

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

And if you simply allow the program to access testing resources on a satisfactory level to meet those protocols, while not doing anything to improve the general state of affairs, that raises a PR problem.

Ray, who spoke to UGA’s Courson about the issues regarding COVID-19 during the course of conference calls as part of the NCAA advisory panel, said he thinks there is a sensitivity within athletic departments about their place in communities that surround them.

“I don’t think they want to be accused,” he said, “of taking the right to healthcare away from anyone because they want to have sports.”

Sounds like this is going well.

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37 responses to ““We acknowledge we do need more testing.”

  1. josh hancher

    Got covid test exactly two weeks ago today. Still no result

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    • BDK

      I live in a rural county in North Georgia. I was tested the week before the 4th. Drove through the testing site, it took about 15 minutes. got the results in 4 days.

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      • DawgStats

        I noticed that on my paperwork that my test was going to Lab in Alabama. Seems pretty inefficient to go to different state. What do I know – besides my result.

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        • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

          If it is LabCorp they take samples everywhere and funnel them all through big labs in certain hubs. The collection part is local, but the testing needs a semi-central location because the facilities are too expensive to do the testing locally.

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          • DawgStats

            Wasn’t LabCorp. Was disappointed that it wasn’t. Biggest isn’t always the best – but at am familiar with them.

            I am anxious what this all means. Big picture seems to point that we don’t have our shit together as a country when we can’t do the simplest things efficiently or effectively

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    • Wife got tested 8 days ago. Still no result. I’m getting less and less confident that we’ll get the results before this weekend. What a shit show.

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    • Wife got tested 8 days ago. Still no result. I’m getting less and less confident that we’ll get the results before this weekend. What a shit show.

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  2. Gurkha Dawg

    This will become a huge problem. If 125 D1 football programs test 85 players once a week. That will be 10,625 test a week! There was a good post on GTP which said player would need to be tested 3 times a week to assure safe playing conditions. Testing facilities and reagent supplies are already stressed. If average citizens perceive a delay in their ability to be tested because we are playing CFB…yep, PR problem.

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  3. spur21

    A friend applied for a test slot in Fulton county. She showed up at her allotted time but after waiting over two hours she gave up and left. About two weeks later she got a notification in the mail indicating she tested POSITIVE. Apparently the system is terribly flawed.

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  4. Granthams replacement

    I would think the university has the equipment to process test results in one of the labs on campus. That would expedited results if they were willing to utilize it.

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  5. Debby Balcer

    I would imagine that leaving the line after checking in screw up the results in that the person who was in her place got the swabs with her name on them.

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  6. DawgStats

    My drive up facility was efficient. Took less than 15 minutes without an appointment.

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  7. MurphDawg

    It’s a huge PR problem. My wife works in healthcare an the hospital she is at has 9 test machines onsite but the supplier limits the amount of reagent used for testing so they can only process so many tests in a given time period. Seeing the NHL has administered over 3,000 tests to 300 people really makes one question where our priorities are as a society. Sporting events are entertainment and while we all need some entertainment with everything going on, is it right to utilize needed resources on something that isn’t essential? Even if supplies are a non-issue, the labs time in processing the tests detract from its availability to test others.

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  8. Walter Geiger

    in my work, i have been watching the DPH numbers from the beginning in early march. i would not let them count the change in the cupholder in my jeep. their frontline people are topnotch. admin is an entirely different story.

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  9. FlyingPeakDawg

    These guys that can’t figure out crowd control, bathrooms, concessions, parking, tailgating, etc. on most campuses but I’m confident they can manage logistics through a healthcare crisis.

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  10. Went in for knee surgery three weeks ago. Prior to procedure I was swabbed and in less than 2 hrs had results before proceeding with surgery.
    It can be done. (unless you prefer to spread negative news).

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  11. Normaltown Mike

    FWIW (not much) took my daughter to get tested at Athens Regional last week and got results today.

    This was a physician referral and not through Health Dept. so I’m hoping Ron Courson and UGA Health Center would be able to conduct their own instead of sending kids to the drive through sites

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  12. Calder

    I got rapid test today in Macon. Took an hour to get results back.

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  13. BuffaloSpringfield

    For What it’s Worth:
    Two years ago I found a new FP, everything was on site. Blood samples were taken before my physical and by the time the doctor finished my exam adjustments were made to my medications according to sample.
    My last physical LabCorp had taken over and none of the lab techs were to be seen. Evidently the 8 ladies in the lab were shown the door and now after two weeks or so I get a e-mail from LabCorp that have sent my testing to my physician. So usually on the third week I get a follow up from the doctor to adjust medications. So bigger is not better. My pharmacy has followed the same guidelines and before scripts are filled they have to check with insurance company to make sure I comply and need the prescription. Not necessarily the doctors approval is the most important entity.
    I’ll show my age by stating in my youth Mom could call the doctor at 9:00 PM and he’d come to the house. Afterwards Mom would call the Doc Kinnam and he would waddle over to his drug store and open up at 10:00 and fill my script.
    Well, the milk man didn’t knock he just walked in and left two gallons of milk, 1/2 gallon of chocolate and be on his way. You could trust everyone and Damn now you can’t even talk to a person on the phone. This don’t have nothing to do with testing for COVID but HELL it had alot more to being human beings and not trash your neighbors. We didn’t have a lot of portfolios to worry about then and I don’t still. Where has the human element gone to in colleges, medical professionals and ehhh just us. I am pretty sure ya’ll won’t be taking your tax deductions, seat prices with you but although your family might have the only Mercedes. Mine will just be in my Ole’ truck. It’s hard to tell who the richest man in the graveyard might be.
    That the title to the latest “ Balsam Range’s” bluegrass tune.

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