Long lines form at COVID-19 testing sites as cases spike in NYC

New Yorkers are braving increasingly long lines in the rain to get tested for COVID-19, as officials brace for a second wave of the deadly virus.

At CityMD Astoria Urgent Care on Steinway Street, 40 people stood in a steady drizzle while waiting on a line that wraps around the corner Friday afternoon.

“I’ve been waiting for over two hours. I’m freezing. The city should have more trucks and mobile centers open, when I came three weeks ago, I waited ten minutes to get tested. I flew in from North Carolina yesterday and I wanted to get the test done. It’s been very slow,” said 29-year-old Sandy Rosas.

A 35-year-old woman who only gave her name as Cindy said she needs a test to go back to work.

“I work at a doctor’s office. It would be great if we didn’t have to wait so long but I don’t have a choice,” she told the Post.

James Sanborn, 46, from Queens was at the end of the line.

“I’m here because I traveled last weekend and I have to get [tested] to get out of quarantine. The numbers are surging so I think it’s nice to see people trying to be responsible in New York; keep the numbers down and keep everyone safe,” he said.

“Hopefully there will be a vaccine at some point And we will not see this (long lines for testing) as much.”

At the Forest Hills CityMD on Austin Street, 40 more people faced a long wait in the elements.


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