New York City sees long lines for COVID-19 test sites as virus cases rise

More than 100 people lined down the block for a single testing van in Crown Heights.

News 12 Staff

Dec 17, 2021, 6:19 PM

Updated 859 days ago

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The lines at testing sites across the city are becoming long as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
More than 100 people lined down the block for a single testing van in Crown Heights. They told News 12 they waited for hours, with the line only moving a couple feet each hour. They said city officials need to step up and do more.
As the new omicron variant spreads, health officials said that the seven-day average for virus cases has tripled within the last month.
The rush to travel for the holiday and the rise in cases are now being observed in the long wait times at testing sites.
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On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a six-part plan to address the spread around the city including increased testing, handing out 1 million K95 masks, distributing at-home rapid test kits and doubling down on city inspections.
Along with increased testing, city officials continue to urge New Yorkers to get vaccinated or get a booster shot against the COVID-19.
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