Northeast Philadelphia COVID-19 test site forced to refuse people after reaching maximum capacity – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Si you plan to take a COVID-19 test after the holidays, clear your schedule. Because demand is so high and supply is short, the Cottman Avenue test site in northeast Philadelphia had to turn people down on Tuesday.

It seems a lot of people are looking to get tested due to the latest COVID outbreak.

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There is also a line of cars waiting to enter a test site in Gloucester County. They administer free PCR and rapid tests for anyone who wants them.

The mobile test site in northeast Philadelphia was at full capacity in a half hour opening.

No appointment is necessary. It’s first come, first served, so people came early hoping to get tested.

Dr Cheryl Bettigole of the Philadelphia Department of Health says there are more people testing positive for COVID now than they have seen in the past two years. And that hospitals are swarming with people showing symptoms of COVID.

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She says it is essential for those who are not fully vaccinated or boosted to take extra care by masquerading and staying away from gatherings indoors.

Bettigole says the number of positive cases is skyrocketing, with numbers up to twice as high as last year and reflecting figures from May 2020.

IThose tested on Tuesday say they want to make sure they are protecting their loved ones during the vacation.

“We can only take 125 people due to the number of cases that have increased,” said Jose Gandulla, of Oak Street Health. “We hit our capacity before we even started and just for logistical reasons we can’t exceed that number as these tests have to be done in a lab. And to make sure everyone gets their results on time, we can only allow 125 people. “

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TThe northeast Philadelphia test site closes at 1 p.m., while the Gloucester County site will remain open until 7 p.m.

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