Delay over 2 Sisters Covid test results is ‘frustrating and worrying’ says Rhun ap Iorwerth

News that some members of staff at the 2 Sisters site in Llangefni are still waiting for their test results over a week after the outbreak was confirmed is frustrating and worrying according to Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for Ynys Mon Rhun ap Iorwerth.

Members of the public who work at the 2 Sisters site are still contacting the Ynys Mon MS this week to express concerns regarding the delays it has taken them to receive test results, some of whom had their tests up to 12 days ago and have yet to hear anything regarding the outcome of their tests.

Mr ap Iorwerth said:

“It’s frustrating and worrying that some 2 Sisters workers have waited over a week for their covid-19 test results. Government tells us that most have come back within a day, but we know that Wales-wide, the proportion of tests taking more than 24 hours to come back has increased in recent weeks.

“That undermines the effectiveness of the ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ system, because the quicker you get results back, the quicker you can start tracing contacts and asking people to isolate.

“Because of its scale, the test and trace system for the 2 Sisters outbreak is being managed on a regional level. I’ve asked Public Health Wales to explain the delays. They say the vast majority of tests are being returned quickly, but say the Health Board is responsible for the swab testing itself, so all agencies need to be clear about what’s going wrong for those who are waiting far too long.

“Whilst we’re lucky that Anglesey Council was one of the leaders in developing tracing, and was part of the Welsh pilot, any delays in test results now and in coming months will hamper their work.”