‘I’m sort of powerless’: Awaiting COVID-19 test results, Triangle man remains under quarantine

Wake County News

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) — For 11 days, a local man has remained under quarantine, awaiting the results of his COVID-19 test.

He asked that we not give his name.

“I wanted to protect my family,” he said.

He reached out to CBS 17, hoping to find out if there was a backlog on testing.

“Every day is like is today going to be the day and as we get closer to 5 o’clock, I’m like I’m not going to get that call,” he explained.

He said he went to the emergency room back on March 21 after suffering an upper respiratory issue. It was during that visit he was tested for COVID-19.

He’s under quarantine in the attic of his home, away from his wife and step-daughter. He was told the results would take 5 to 7 days. April 1 marks day 11.

“It has been difficult. I mean, I’m segregated from my family. I hear them doing things downstairs and they have to bring me meals to the top of the stairs. So it’s a different life upstairs,” he said.

He never imagined he’d be up there for so long.

“I’m sort of powerless at this point,” he said.

He told CBS 17 he reached out to WakeMed, only to get an answering machine, telling him someone would call him back. No one has.

CBS 17 reached out to the Department of Health and Human Services. “The state lab currently does not have a backlog,” they wrote.

“The backlog of test results is nationwide as private labs continue to work to scale up testing efforts. I can’t provide any specific insight on individual cases, but he’s doing the right thing,” WakeMed said.

“My concern is I’m asymptomatic or something and I want to know if I have it or not,” he said.

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