NYC sees six-hour lines to test COVID-19 before Thanksgiving


The lines of COVID-19 tests in Manhattan lasted more than six hours on Monday as people in New York rushed to check before Thanksgiving.

Outside of CityMD Clinic on East 86th Street in the Upper East Side, the line stretched three blocks down First Avenue and 85th East Street in the early afternoon.

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One local couple said they had been waiting for six hours, some in the rain, from 6:45 a.m. – and had to wait another hour.

“We took turns going home to put more layers and use the bathroom,” said John, 34, a technology worker waiting with his girlfriend.

“We get the quick result test,” he said. “We have to go to his parents’ house in New Jersey for Thanksgiving.” His mother is 65 and his father is 63 years old. “

Others were not so prepared for the long, cold wait.

“I didn’t know it was going to be that long,” said Jack, a 21-year-old student who showed up at the emergency clinic at 11 a.m. – in shorts and slippers.

“Someone is coming down with some pants,” he added.

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He had just arrived from Wake Forest University, home in North Carolina, and said his mother would get him tested before his day in Turkey with his family.

“I’m doing the quick test to get negative results before Thanksgiving, we have relatives,” the Upper East Side resident added. – She’s worried.