Cary, NC – Police were called to a coronavirus test site in Cary on Saturday morning after demand exceeded availability. About 70 cars were queuing at Medcon Court at Kildare Farm Road, and only two employees were evidence.
An EMS station next door was blocked by the row of cars waiting for throughput tests.
While the Wake Toxicology Laboratory, at 907 Kildaire Farm Road, announced drive-through and walk-up tests available through 6 p.m. 16 Saturday, on-site WRAL News told them they expected to run out of tests by noon.
Some people got out of their vehicles to direct traffic. Others shouted at the testers, said WRALs Kat Campbell, who was in the queue.
Test sites throughout Wake County book quickly as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.
County officials say WRAL News demand rose sharply by 71
If you need to be tested, make an appointment online to avoid waiting times. If you do not live in Wake County, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has a list of free test sites throughout the state.
NCDHHS recommends calling test sites to inquire about capacity before leaving.
On Saturday morning, all appointments until Tuesday were booked for testing on the Sunnybrook parking deck in east Raleigh.
Wake County officials say the Sunnybrook site conducted 7,153 tests in October and 4,979 as early as November. In the last two days alone, it has risen from an average of 350 tests a day to 500.
At the Radeus Labs site in Wake Forest, the rise over the past two days has been even steeper, from an average of 1,000 tests a day to 2,000. To date, Radeus has performed 18,638 tests in November and far exceeded 12,715 throughout October.
Saturday morning, Radeus had a few remaining appointments for testing on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Both Wake County sites will be closed on Thanksgiving. .
Nearly 4,500 tests have been taken in Wake County this month. The county said the average waiting time for test results at Sunnybrook is 24 to 48 hours, though most get results within 24 hours.
In Wake Forest, most people receive their results within 12 to 24 hours. LabCorp reports that it processes tests around the clock and conducts approx. 200,000 tests a day across the country.
People to be tested include those who:
- Have COVID-like symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting and odor loss
- Has been in close contact with a known positive case of COVID-19
- Are health professionals or first responders
- Work in high-risk settings such as long-term care facilities, crime facilities or homeless shelters
- Is 65 years or older
- Has underlying health conditions
- Is a member of a vulnerable or historically marginalized population
- Has participated in a mass rally or protest
- Is frontline worker in an environment where social distance is difficult