“We have fewer people with the disease and less need for testing,” he told county commissioners on Monday, said Mark Escott, director of the EMS health systems for Austin and Travis counties. “I think to some extent we can expect that we will experience fluctuations in testing demand over time.”
In Dallas County, the need for testing has decreased significantly following the decline in infections, said Philip Huang, director of the county’s Department of Health. The check lines, in June and July, ran through parking lots and kept people waiting for hours, he said.
Vivian Ho, a medical economist at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, suspects that drop out also comes from a frustration of timing. to get results. Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, two of the largest private testing companies, both admitted that the demand for overcrowding significantly increased the turnaround time in July.
Ho said last month, during the worst outbreak in Texas, people often heard stories of people waiting for weeks just to get a test appointment, or sitting for hours driving.
“You will only do it if you are very sick,”; she said.
But the testing issues weren’t all related to Texas behavior. There are also questions about state data collection errors that might have misleading who was sick and where. Texas at the end of July had 1 million completed tests with results has not been assigned to a particular county. Officials are currently categorizing backlogged information, which may have the effect of making the population examined appear smaller than it really is.