COVID testing misery hits the US with hours-long lines for test sites

COVID testing misery sweeps US: Slow-moving, hours-long lines build up at swab sites and country smashes global record of 647,067 cases in a single day

  • As people rush to get tested for the holidays scenes of hundreds of cars lined up bumper to bumper in long stretches of traffic are becoming the new normal
  • Gli Stati Uniti. hit a new high for new daily COVID cases with 647,067 average daily cases reported on Thursday, breaking its 24 hour-old record of 489,267
  • Gli Stati Uniti. ora sta facendo la media 300,387 new Covid cases per day, un record di pandemia e la prima volta che il 300,000 il marchio è stato raggiunto in America
  • Extreme long COVID-19 testing lines are popping up all across the country as the U.S. hit a new high for new daily COVID cases amid an Omicron surge.

    Long testing lines in current virus epicenter New York are now being replicated across multiple other statesalthough people outside the Big Apple are more likely to wait for hours in the warmth and comfort of their cars, rather than shiver on sidewalks.

    As people rush to get tested for the holidays scenes of hundreds of cars lined up bumper to bumper in long stretches of traffic and people in long lines that wrap around multiple blocks are becoming the new normal.

    This comes as the U.S. hit a new high for new daily COVID cases with 647,067 average daily cases reported on Thursday, battendo il suo precedente record di 489,267 segnalato mercoledì, secondo un'analisi di DailyMail.com dei dati di John Hopkins.

    MIAMI, FLORIDA: In an aerial view, cars line up at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Zoo Miami site on Wednesday

    MIAMI, FLORIDA: In an aerial view, cars line up at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Zoo Miami site on Wednesday

    ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Cars line up near a COVID-19 testing site at the South Orange Youth Sports Complex in Orlando on Thursday

    ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Cars line up near a COVID-19 testing site at the South Orange Youth Sports Complex in Orlando on Thursday

    HOUSTON, TEXAS: Aerial view of vehicles lining up for COVID-19 tests Thursday near Minute Maid Park for one of the sought-after testd

    HOUSTON, TEXAS: Aerial view of vehicles lining up for COVID-19 tests Thursday near Minute Maid Park for one of the sought-after testd

    COLUMBUS, OHIO: Volunteer healthcare workers test people at a COVID-19 pop-up testing site sponsored by a health care group on Thursday

    COLUMBUS, OHIO: Volunteer healthcare workers test people at a COVID-19 pop-up testing site sponsored by a health care group on Thursday

    According to data from the U.S. Centri per il controllo e la prevenzione delle malattie (Centro per la prevenzione e il controllo delle malattie), dovunque da 40 per 70 percent of new cases in America are of the Omicron variant, which was first discovered last month by South African health officials.

    Gli Stati Uniti. ora sta facendo la media 300,387 new Covid cases per day, un record di pandemia e la prima volta che il 300,000 il marchio è stato raggiunto in America.

    The rise in cases has led to long lines and long waits for testing like at the mega testing site at Minute Maid Park in Houston that had a wait of up to five hours on Thursday, KHOU.com segnalato.

    Lines wrapped around the ballpark as the site struggled to accommodate the 2.600 scheduled tests, closing shop at 8 pm instead of its scheduled closing time of 4pm.

    But despite the long wait, people on line said they did not mind.

    ‘Agonizing, very agonizing. Ma, it was worth the wait,’ one person told KHOU. ‘If they could get more help that would be great but we understand.

    A similar scene was seen in the small town of Winfield in Missouri where a state-sponsored testing site went from administering 50 test per week to having a 600 car long line on Wednesday morning.

    The site was so packed that police and city officials closed the site due to safety concerns, AP reported.

    As the state reached it’s highest hospitalization rate since August with 2,265 people hospitalized with the virus on Thursday, the Missouri Department of Health announced plans to add an additional testing site in St. Louis this weekend, three sites in St. Louis next week, and one to three sites in Kansas City, AP reported.

    A Reddit user post a picture of a long Covid testing line at Kaiser Fontana on Thursday that someone said they waited on for three hours

    A Reddit user post a picture of a long Covid testing line at Kaiser Fontana on Thursday that someone said they waited on for three hours

    BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA: The line for Covid testing in the Bay Area as people rush to get tested following holiday gatherings

    BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA: The line for Covid testing in the Bay Area as people rush to get tested following holiday gatherings

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A frustrated driver post a picture of the traffic caused by a long line of cars attempting to get Covid testing on Wednesday

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A frustrated driver post a picture of the traffic caused by a long line of cars attempting to get Covid testing on Wednesday

    KANEOHE, HAWAII: A person exposed to COVID in Hawaii waits in line to check his status

    KANEOHE, HAWAII: A person exposed to COVID in Hawaii waits in line to check his status

    KANSAS, CITY:  Twitter user post a long line of cars with passengers waiting to get a Covid test in Kansas City on Thursday

    KANSAS, CITY: Twitter user post a long line of cars with passengers waiting to get a Covid test in Kansas City on Thursday

    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: The line for a testing site in Brooklyn Park went all the way into a parking lot before they close for the New Years holiday

    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: The line for a testing site in Brooklyn Park went all the way into a parking lot before they close for the New Years holiday

    In Denver one woman shared a picture of a massive testing line that stretched down a road and into a parking lot the same week Colorado recorded a record high 10,153 lunedì nuovi casi.

    A woman told FOX 31 that despite getting to the site early, she still had to wait over two hours for a test.

    ‘I came early,’ ha detto a FOX 31. ‘They opened at 9, and I showed up around like 8:40 ... (the line) was like wrapped around, and I didn’t get in until 11.

    Long lines were also seen in parts of Florida, California, New York and Rhode Island which have been hit hard by the Omicron surge.

    Più di 500,000 Covid cases were reported on Monday, though that was a result of a large backlog of cases from the Christmas holiday. Wednesday’s total is the largest increase from only a single day.

    Deaths are down by five percent, con una media giornaliera di 1,221, anche se un cupo modello CDC prevede che più di 42,000 Gli americani potrebbero morire nelle prossime tre settimane. Aumentano i ricoveri 15 per cento, con una media giornaliera di 78,781 al giorno, secondo il New York Times.

    Il fatto che decessi e ricoveri non aumentino di pari passo con i casi positivi mostra come la variante Omicron sia meno grave della Delta e più pazienti stiano vivendo casi più lievi.

    Alcuni casi potrebbero anche non essere considerati ufficialmente a causa dell'aumento dei test a casa. La cosa più preoccupante dei numeri elevati è che gli esperti sanitari spesso si aspettano disturbi nei test e nella comunicazione dei dati, ha riferito la testata giornalistica.

    Di 62 il percento degli Stati Uniti è completamente vaccinato, con 73 percento che ha ricevuto la prima dose, secondo il New York Times. E a proposito di 68.8 milioni di persone completamente vaccinate hanno ricevuto anche una terza dose, o un colpo di richiamo, da agosto. 13, secondo i Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Quindici stati hanno riportato un numero record di infezioni giornaliere medie, Secondo il centro per la prevenzione e il controllo delle malattie. They include Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington. Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

    With the case count rising so rapidly, partly due to the highly contagious Omicron variant, the CDC estimates that more than three Americans are testing positive every second.

    ‘We are at the very beginning, Sfortunatamente, and likely have at least four to eight weeks before we’re going to see it rise and then begin to fall again. And during that time, we are going to see COVID activity in this country like we haven’t seen since the beginning of the pandemic,’ Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, told CBS News.

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