Bronx residents express difficulties associated with waiting on long lines for COVID tests

Between New Year's Eve celebrations, back to school following winter break and employer regulations, thousands of Bronx residents are looking for COVID-19 tests, but the wait is a serious problem for many people.

News 12 Staff

Jan 3, 2022, 11:03 PM

Updated 933 days ago

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Between New Year's Eve celebrations, back to school following winter break and employer regulations, thousands of Bronx residents are looking for COVID-19 tests, but the wait is a serious problem for many people.
Gov. Kathy Hochul updated New York residents on the state's progress combatting COVID-19 earlier Monday.
New York clocked in at 51,000 confirmed cases on Sunday.
On Monday, many locals waited line in 30-degree weather for hours and hours to get tested for COVID-19.
Bronx resident Diane Vega had been in line for about five hours at Grand Concourse. She said these unbelievably long testing lines were not an issue for her until recently.
"Since it started, I've come here, and it's never been an issue but now, they're low staff and they do need more nurses that will do testing," said Vega.
Not only does the nearly freezing weather make the wait unbearable, but many Bronx residents on these lines are also seriously ill.
Bronx resident Danisha Blanch called the long testing lines more than just physically disruptive but could also be jeopardizing work for many people.
Blanch's employers require she get tested every three days, but the long waits on the testing line have made her late for work.
"People have to pick up their kids. People have to go to work. My husband just left me to pick my kids up," said Blanch.


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