But for many, the problem was just getting into a clinic.
At 10 a.m., Avi Weinstein, 31, stood in line in light rain on West 88th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, heading to a CityMD emergency care center where he hoped to get tested. “I’ve been here an hour and a half,” he said.
Mr Weinstein said he had had a fever the night before and feared he had been infected while celebrating election results last week with friends.
“I expected a long queue,” he said, “but not that long.
The queue grew longer during the morning, with some people waiting nearly three hours before reaching the clinic door.
“We want to see our grandchildren at Thanksgiving, and we hope if everyone is negative it can happen,” said Erica Eisinger, 76, who was expecting with her husband, Peter.
The scene was the same at CityMD clinics in New York City: long lines and varying levels of frustration and bewilderment as to why getting a timely and convenient viral test was a struggle so many months into the start. of the pandemic.
In the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Arjun Mocherla waited nearly an hour outside a CityMD clinic, advancing perhaps 15 feet in a socially distant line. Mr. Mocherla, a law student at New York University, had been tested by the university in the past.
“This is my first line,” he says. “I’m already starting to regret it.”
Then someone told him that the wait could be four hours. He left.
Elisha Brown and Matthew Sedacca contributed reporting.