Pekin lab stays busy as the COVID spike continues

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Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 1:44 AM CST
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PEKIN (25 NEWS) - Reditus Laboratories in Pekin performed about 10,000 tests on Monday, which is at least double what the lab has seen on a normal day.

At the McLean County Fairgrounds on Bloomington’s west side, Reditus tested 816 people on Monday, the highest single-day total since November of last year.

Reditus has not been able to do a sequencing run on positive test results since December 5. That’s because of a nation-wide shortage in the laboratory product needed to identify the different variants. But as of December 5, the Omicron variant was still not identified, said Dr. Aaron Rossi, Reditus chief executive officer.

Reditus is experiencing a backlog even as the Peoria City/County Health Department on Tuesday confirmed the county’s first Omicron cases.

Rossi said his employees have had to take on a lot of extra work, and they’re committed to providing testing to the community.

“We’re trying to keep everybody’s spirits high,” said Rossi.

“Especially when there (are) surges like this, it’s hard to staff up and have staffing on demand as everybody is trying to do the same thing,” he added.

“You have these lulls, and peaks and valleys, so it’s harder and harder to keep everything moving along,” Rossi also said.

Reditus plans to resume positive test sequencing on January 7. The lab said it plans to notify the public about any “pertinent positive findings.”

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