WACO, Texas (KWTX/Gray News) — People across the country are waiting in line for hours to get a COVID-19 test amid a spate of omicron cases.
According to KWTX, people have reported waiting more than seven hours at COVID-19 testing sites in Waco, Texas.
Barbara Battee said she, her son and two grandchildren returned to the same COVID testing site three days in a row and waited six and a half to seven and a half hours each day.
After being rejected a second time, Battee said the site manager advised her and her family to queue at 5am the next day and wait for the premises to open at 8am.
They arrived at 5 a.m. as suggested and were already behind about 70 cars. She said they were tested around 11:30 am, three of the four tested positive.
“Maybe one percent of the cars took off and got out of line, but it was only one percent because we all need the test,” Battee explained.
She said they looked for other options to get an official test that could be converted to school and work over the course of the three days, but found no other options.
While Battee called the three-day process miserable, she said the staff are not to blame.
“That was miserable and it’s really nobody’s fault. I have nothing but good things to say about those employees. They spend the day there, away from their families, and they try their best,” Battee said.
While the staff was friendly and helpful, Battee suggests shutting people down once the maximum number of cars has arrived in an effort to prevent others from waiting hours without a test like she did.
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