Samples taken at Hayward No. 7 Fire Station Test Center and analyzed at Avellino Laboratories in Menlo Park are retested and results are immediately reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depending on the city .
Confirmed positive results are also immediately shared by Hayward Fire Department medical clinicians with the person found infected and reported by Hayward to public health officials in the person’s county of residence.
Hayward officials said that different protocols in each county may mean that results from the Hayward test center will be added to the total of confirmed cases in each county in different ways and at different intervals.
The city said it plans to release positive results about 48 hours after the test each day, and is disclosing the information to help residents understand the prevalence of coronavirus infection and reiterate the importance of complying to local shelter orders and other social distancing hygienic precautions.
Of the 207 people who were tested on Monday, 54 were confirmed to have the coronavirus. An additional 460 people were tested on Tuesday, but their results have yet to be released, although Hayward and Avellino officials say it only takes six to nine hours to get the test results.
City officials plan to open the test center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, including weekends, and say they can process up to 370 samples per day. But they closed the center early Wednesday because they had run out of testing capacity, said Hayward spokesman Chuck Finnie.
City officials have said that on Thursday and possibly again Friday, the number of tests at the center will be reduced and that the center will close early to allow Hayward firefighter test teams to test on populations vulnerable elsewhere in the community.