As New York Coronavirus Rates Rise, Test Lines Rise Too


NEW YORK – Kavita and Amit Padhiar will be leaving town to visit family for the holidays – as long as their COVID-19 tests come back negative.They plan to keep their gathering small and safe.

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  • New Yorkers lined up outside a City MD in Gramercy on Monday as COVID-19 rates soared
  • The demand has been so great that City MD has adjusted the hours to close earlier for the health and safety of its staff
  • The mayor said last week that nearly 300,000 New Yorkers have been tested
  • The mayor also said nearly 75,000 New Yorkers had been screened for COVID-19 on Friday alone

“I hope we’re a little more efficient in the way we treat and sort patients than we were in March, but it will be a tough time for everyone, I think, in general,” said Amit Padhiar.The Padhiars were among many New Yorkers getting tested on Monday as the city’s positivity rate increased. They lined up in a City MD, where demand is so high that all clinics are now closing 90 minutes earlier. City MD cited the health and safety of staff and doctors who have been working longer hours for months now.

Longer lines were also seen at many other test sites.

“A colleague of mine tested positive, and I also have a pregnant wife,” said another New Yorker. “We’re due next week, so we want to make sure that everything is fine.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said nearly 300,000 New Yorkers were tested last year. The mayor also said nearly 75,000 New Yorkers had been screened for COVID-19 on Friday alone.

People NY1 spoke with said fears of a second wave, combined with the upcoming holidays, motivated them to take a test.

“My dad is coming to town tomorrow and I’ll be coming home for Thanksgiving shortly after,” a resident who was tested said Monday. “So with everything with new restrictions and things in place, I just thought it was the smart thing to do.”

“I think it’s important that we know exactly how many people are sick, and if the rates go up, I think it’s important that these restrictions be taken seriously,” said another.

City officials remind New Yorkers that even small Thanksgiving gatherings can lead to the transmission of COVID-19. They urge people to participate in traditions virtually and celebrate from a safe distance.


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