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Judiciary Square testing site photo by Oliver Cox

“Dear PoPville,

I went to get a COVID-19 test at Judiciary Square last week because I participated in one of the recent BLM protests. I have not experienced any symptoms but just wanted to be safe. Well, I got this note from DC DOH today saying that my test results were compromised “due to heat exposure”. I’m wondering how many other people were affected and if this has happened before? Apparently this happened at both Judiciary Square and Anacostia.

Also from the note: “The Judiciary Square testing location (F Street, NW between 4th and 5th Streets, NW) will hold a special opening for those impacted tomorrow (June 17) and Thursday (June 18) from 3-7 p.m. You are already pre-registered. Please proceed to the registration tent and share that you are there to be retested due to this reason and you will receive priority placement in line.” ….Why not have extra hours at the Anacostia location too??”

Thanks to the many, many readers who passed on the following message they received from Coronavirus DOH:

“We regret to inform you that your test sample, taken at either the Judiciary Square or Anacostia testing site, was unable to be processed due to heat exposure. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.

The Judiciary Square testing location (F Street, NW between 4th and 5th Streets, NW) will hold a special opening for those impacted tomorrow (June 17) and Thursday (June 18) from 3-7 p.m. You are already pre-registered. Please proceed to the registration tent and share that you are there to be retested due to this reason and you will receive priority placement in line. If these dates and location are not convenient, you may go any of the District testing locations listed at NeedATestGetATest.com.

Please consult with a healthcare provider if you start to experience any COVID-19 related symptoms. If you are having a medical emergency such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips, call 911.

We look forward to seeing you.”

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