Carrie, N.C. – Excluding the availability of demand, police were called to the coronavirus testing site in Kerry on Saturday morning. About 70 cars were in line at Medcon Court, located on Kilder Farm Road, and only two staff were with evidence.
An EMS station next door was blocked by a line of cars waiting for drive-through tests.
At the Wake Toxicology Laboratory, on 70K Kilder Farm Road, when drive-through and walk-up tests were available until noon on Saturday, people on the site told WRL News that they would complete the tests by noon.
Among those who got out of their vehicles was Leah Martin.
“I direct traffic because they Certainly “Need some help,” he said.
Others were calling the examiners, WRL’s Kate Campbell said, in line.
Wake County testing sites are rapidly booking as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.
Martin joined the crowd because his daughter had the potential to go to school.
“Thanksgiving is coming, and they want to make sure they’re not covid-positive to say thank you.”
Police officials advised some at the back of the line to try another site.
County officials told WRL News that demand has skyrocketed to 1% this week as people follow expert recommendations to test before celebrating with close family members.
If you need to get tested, make an online appointment to avoid waiting time. If you do not live in Wake County, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has a list of statewide non-testing fee testing sites.
NCDHHS recommends calling on test sites to ask about capacity before leaving.
By Saturday morning, all appointments from Tuesday were booked for a drive-through test on the deck of the Sunnybook parking lot at East Raleigh
Wake County officials say the Sunbrook site conducted 7,153 tests in October and 4,979 already in November. In the last two days, the average number of tests in that day has gone up from 350 to 500.
At the Radius Labs site in Wake Forest, there has also been a dramatic increase from the average 1,000 tests a day in the past two days to 2,000. To date, Radius has conducted 18,638 tests in November, surpassing 12,715 in all in October.
By Saturday afternoon, there were pending appointments for the Radeus test on Wednesday. Those who test on Wednesday will be “lucky” to change their Thanksgiving plans to get a timely result, a spokesman said.
Both Wake County sites will be closed on Thanksgiving. .
About 4,500 tests have been taken in Wake County this month. The county said the average wait time for test results at Sunnybrook is 24 to 48 hours, although most get results in 24 hours.
In Wake Forest, most people are achieving their results in 12 to 24 hours. Labcorp reports that it processes around the clock, completing approximately 200,000 tests per day across the country.
The people who should be tested include:
- Symptoms include covid, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and loss of smell.
- Ga has been in close contact with the well-known positive case of Kovid-19
- Are healthcare workers or first responders
- Work in high-risk settings such as long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities or homeless shelters
- 65 years or older
- There are underlying health conditions
- Sensitive or histor is historically a member of the marginalized population
- No mass weddings or protests
- There is a frontline worker in a setting where social distance is difficult