New Yorkers stood for hours in lengthy lines to be examined for the coronavirus on Friday, a disturbing indicator that reveals the essential public well being challenges that the nation nonetheless faces many months after the pandemic first hit.
People waited for tests they wanted for work or college. Some feared they could have gotten sick after flouting social distancing whereas celebrating after the election. Others hoped to soundly go to household on Thanksgiving, which prompt that the issue may solely worsen over the approaching holidays. And some, dissuaded by the prospect of lingering on sidewalks for greater than three hours within the rain, walked away untested.
“It’s so frustrating,” mentioned City Councilman Mark Levine of Manhattan, who chairs the council’s Health Committee. “We keep hitting new problems in tests. We solve one and another pops up.”
The lines underscore how a second wave of the virus is threatening New York City, and are available as the remainder of the nation confronts report numbers of latest instances — greater than 165,000 nationally on Friday. Several governors have warned that they’re severely contemplating additional restrictions in a last-ditch effort to curb the outbreak.
New York City had a report variety of assessments on Thursday, greater than 74,000, officers mentioned. Across the nation, practically 1.5 million folks a day are being examined, according to the Covid Tracking Project — practically double the quantity in August and way over through the first wave of the pandemic within the spring, when there was far much less capability.
Now, public well being methods across the nation are as soon as once more straining below the rising demand for testing. Some areas face looming shortages of laboratory capability. In others, reminiscent of New York City, clinics and different testing websites have been swamped by big numbers of individuals in search of to be examined.