Baldwin man demands COVID-19 tests results from Allegheny Health Network for sick wife

On Monday, Brian Stypula and his wife Beth went to a COVID-19 drive-up collection site at Allegheny Health Network’s Bethel Park Health Pavilion. Stypula said Beth, who has an underlying respiratory condition, was tested after showing symptoms of the virus starting last Tuesday. “They swabbed her, they said it’s going to take 7-10 days before her results would come back,” said Stypula. “We were flabbergasted at how long that took.”Allegheny Health Network sent the following statement to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4, regarding the wait time for COVID-19 test results:“First and foremost, anyone in quarantine at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic who feels their health is deteriorating should either call their primary care physician or 911. Waiting for COVID-19 test results does not preclude seeking medical attention if one’s condition worsens, whether or not it’s related to COVID-19. At AHN, we are working around the clock to provide patients with convenient access to COVID-19 testing and to turn around test results a quickly as possible. To date we have tested thousands of patients across our network and together with the increasing tests being done by other hospitals locally and nationally, those volumes are stressing commercial labs to the point that turnaround times can be longer than desired. We understand the concern and anxieties of patients who are waiting for their results, and are working diligently at AHN to explore other solutions that will expedite the testing process in the days and weeks ahead.”Stypula said his wife is in “respiratory distress.” “She’s been having a having a lot of trouble breathing for the past week,” he said. Stypula said Beth is currently quarantined inside their Baldwin home. Her primary care physician at UPMC has prescribed her steroids, antibiotics, and an oxygen tank. He said the doctor cannot create a plan of action until the tests results are in.“Our whole lives are on hold for this test,” Stypula said. “She’s so distressed, she’s like, I can’t go on the news and even talk because I can’t breathe. I can hear her upstairs right now coughing, that’s how bad it’s getting.

On Monday, Brian Stypula and his wife Beth went to a COVID-19 drive-up collection site at Allegheny Health Network’s Bethel Park Health Pavilion.

Stypula said Beth, who has an underlying respiratory condition, was tested after showing symptoms of the virus starting last Tuesday.

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“They swabbed her, they said it’s going to take 7-10 days before her results would come back,” said Stypula. “We were flabbergasted at how long that took.”

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Allegheny Health Network sent the following statement to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4, regarding the wait time for COVID-19 test results:

“First and foremost, anyone in quarantine at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic who feels their health is deteriorating should either call their primary care physician or 911. Waiting for COVID-19 test results does not preclude seeking medical attention if one’s condition worsens, whether or not it’s related to COVID-19.

At AHN, we are working around the clock to provide patients with convenient access to COVID-19 testing and to turn around test results a quickly as possible. To date we have tested thousands of patients across our network and together with the increasing tests being done by other hospitals locally and nationally, those volumes are stressing commercial labs to the point that turnaround times can be longer than desired. We understand the concern and anxieties of patients who are waiting for their results, and are working diligently at AHN to explore other solutions that will expedite the testing process in the days and weeks ahead.”

Stypula said his wife is in “respiratory distress.”

“She’s been having a having a lot of trouble breathing for the past week,” he said.

Stypula said Beth is currently quarantined inside their Baldwin home. Her primary care physician at UPMC has prescribed her steroids, antibiotics, and an oxygen tank.

He said the doctor cannot create a plan of action until the tests results are in.

“Our whole lives are on hold for this test,” Stypula said. “She’s so distressed, she’s like, I can’t go on the news and even talk because I can’t breathe. I can hear her upstairs right now coughing, that’s how bad it’s getting.