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What happens to your sample after you're tested for COVID-19?

Video Shows What Drive-through Coronavirus Testing Is Like
Posted at 9:06 PM, Apr 17, 2020

What happens to your sample after you're tested for COVID-19? That was the subject of a front page New York Times article, that followed nasal swab tests in New Jersey.

The article titled "3 Vans, 6 Coolers, a Plane, and 2 Labs: A Nasal Swab's Journey" takes a look at the multitude of steps it takes to yield test results for the coronavirus.

Cars lined up at 11 p.m. the night before at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, the site of drive-thru testing for COVID-19.

Passengers had to not only prove they were New Jersey residents, because only residents of the state were allowed to be tested, but also had to prove they had symptoms of COVID-19.

New Jersey has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. As of Friday night, New Jersey has 3,840 deaths and 78,467 positive COVID-19 cases.

The article goes on to explain how the nasal swab tests were picked up a FedEx driver, and driven to a Quest lab for information processing before catching a flight to Virginia to another lab for the actual testing.

"This is the first time I've seen the sheer volume of people. And the volume of people represents the fear and the panic and lack of safety," said Ryan Christopher Jones, a photojournalist for the New York Times.

Read the full New York Times' article here.