After struggling to get COVID-19 test results for days, the family of a Manassas man learned Sunday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. Titou Phommachanh has started an experimental drug treatment at Inova Fairfax Hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Phommachanh, who spoke with InsideNoVa on Monday.
The couple has been married for more than 12 years and has three daughters, ages 6, 7 and 9. The family waited for days for test results for Titou, 44, but only received them after an NBC4 report on Amanda’s concern about delays. “It’s been frustrating and devastating,” she told InsideNoVa. After having flu-like symptoms for about eight days, during which time he tested negative for the flu, Titou was tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, March 12, around 10 a.m.
On Monday, Amanda Phommachanh said she still doesn’t have the results of that original test. Instead, she says Gov. Ralph Northam ordered a new test after Amanda asked friends to reach out to the governor and a report from NBC4. Amanda Phommachanh said she received the test results Sunday, March 15, around 11:30 a.m. “It’s devastating. We feel helpless,” she said.
Since receiving a positive test result for coronavirus, medical staff have begun Titou on a 10-day regiment of an experimental drug for coronavirus, his wife said. The couple returned from a three-day trip to New York on March 1. Three days later, Amanda said her husband started having flu-like symptoms. She said in total he had eight days of flu-like symptoms before he experienced respiratory problems; that part came “quick and hard,” she said. She said her husband walked into the hospital Wednesday, March 11, and about a day later, he needed a ventilator to breathe.
Amanda said she and her daughters are under self-quarantine. Her oldest daughter was tested Friday due to an elevated fever, and they are waiting on those results. The rest of the family will not be tested until they are showing symptoms…