Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bower chided the Trump administration over the federal government's commitment to coronavirus testing, saying, "we can't have our national leadership throwing up their hands." (July 20)
MURIEL BOWER: We need a reset nationally. Some things are going out of control with this all over the country, and we can't have our national leadership throwing up their hands. This may be a time to recenter and reset, and testing is a big aspect about how this country gets on the right track.
We can collect samples. We've pretty much gotten that down. But we need the labs to complete the tests. And these labs, largely, are national in scope. So what they do in Delaware affects processing time for us here in DC.
LAQUANDRA NESBITT: It's important for you all to know that any person who is at a hospital who is tested by a hospital lab who are the sickest people in our city, they get their tests in less than a day. There are commercial laboratories. Their turnaround time, some of them range from seven to 10 days.
Anybody who gets a test should be quarantined. So while your test results are pending, you should be quarantined. You should not-- if you have the desire to get a test, if a health care professional has advised you to get a test, you should quarantine. So you should already be doing all of the things that if your test came back positive-- you should start doing them immediately after you have been tested.