A new data note summarizes and analyzes survey data collected by HRSA, as reported for July 10, 2020. Among the key findings:
- Community health centers have tested more than 1.8 million patients for the COVID-19 infection since reporting began in April, and 257,633 health center patients have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, accounting for an estimated one in 12 (eight percent) of all COVID-19 cases nationally.
- While the number of COVID-19 viral tests conducted by health centers was at its highest level since reporting of patient testing began, so was average turn-around time to obtain test results. Most significantly, six in ten responding health centers reported average turn-around times of four or more days, including four in ten health centers that reported average times to obtain results of more than five days. In 14 states, at least half of health centers reported average turn-around times in excess in five days.
- Six percent of responding health centers reported that they had no COVID-19 testing capacity, and at least eight percent of health centers lacked the full range of PPE needed to safely conduct testing and maintain general operations.
- One in 11 (1,069) health center sites was reported closed, with six states (CA, NY, WV, CT, MI, TX) reporting at least 50 closed sites, and average weekly visits were 24 percent below pre-COVID levels.
The data reflect the continued challenges that health centers face in both responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and in restoring operational capacity. The data note was produced by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative.
Download the data note here.