NYC opened an additional 25 COVID-19 testing sites yesterday to help reduce the lines of impatient people hours before the Thanksgiving holiday.
“New York City: We hear you! More test sites, shorter lines, ”Jackie Bray, a member of the NYC COVID-19 response team, wrote on Twitter yesterday. “We have 25 new test sites open today.” It also promised: “More tests!” and “Shorter lines!”
Additional locations managed by NYC Health + Hospitals were established in all five boroughs, including Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, Long Island City High School, and Sunset Park High School.
Although New Yorkers are advised to stay home, thousands of people have flocked to testing sites to get tested for COVID-19, supposedly before traveling and partying with family, in the traditionally most popular holiday in the US.
The rush to test negative has caused you wait up to seven hours on the street, which has even generated a small industry of people who charge to queue for others, in private clinics such as CityMD, highlighted New York Post.
For example, yesterday morning 116 people were reported in line in front of a private CityMD clinic in Brooklyn Heights. City-run test sites will be closed today for Thanksgiving, but will reopen tomorrow.
You still have a little more time left to get tested today at no cost! Remember, all our sites are closed tomorrow for #Thanksgiving and will reopen on Friday.
Here are current wait times from our sites around the city. To find one near you, visit https://t.co/lhkNToBbDX
– NYC Health + Hospitals (@NYCHealthSystem) November 25, 2020
New York City: we heard you! More test sites, shorter lines. We’ve got 25 new test sites open today in all five boroughs. Details in fliers here for MN, BX, QN, BK. SI in next tweet. pic.twitter.com/rOpFFodaT4
– Jackie Bray (@ jbray1027) November 25, 2020