Andrea Rosales waited almost three hours for her son to get tested in Austin, Texas, and Galileo Gonzalez waited nine days for his results in San Antonio, the Texas Tribune reported in June.

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Texas is one of 33 states where coronavirus cases are rising this week, per data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Across the country, coronavirus testing sites and labs are overwhelmed. On June 27, The American Clinical Laboratory Association warned it would soon reach testing capacity. By the week of July 10, Business Insider's Morgan McFall-Johnsen reported that some results were taking four to six days to come back.

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A coronavirus test involves swabbing a patient's nose and throat and then testing the sample. Results take at least 24 hours to become available, per The New York Times. When labs are overwhelmed with more swabs than they can test, the results can take up to a week or longer, McFall-Johnsen reported.

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Testing supply shortages have also contributed to delays in Omaha, Nebraska, and Arizona, the New York Times reported on July 6. The Tribune reported that Texas was short on testing equipment in late June.

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When someone tests positive a week after being swabbed, it's possible that they have already infected others before knowing they had the virus. This makes quarantining and contact tracing less effective.

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This photo was taken on April 18 in Springfield, Tennessee, when the Tennessean reported that test results were expected to take about 72 hours. Last week, Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey told the publication she has seen it take up to 12 days to get results back.

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The photo was taken on April 30 in Woodland Hills, California, when Los Angeles tested about 10,000 people in one day, Mayor Eric Garcetti told the LA Times.

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Last week, the LA Times reported that the county can test 26,000 people a day, but some say results take more than a week. The photo below from July 8 shows long lines of cars at Dodgers Stadium.

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In South Florida, some labs are seeing wait times as long as two weeks for test results, the Sun-Sentinel reported on July 10.

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This photo was taken on May 20, when the state's testing positivity rate, or the number of people whose results said they were infected with the coronavirus, was decreasing. Now, it's increasing.

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In early July, NBC reported that some people in Virginia were waiting about a week to get results back.

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