OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — The demand for COVID-19 testing is spiking lower than per week away from Thanksgiving. Many individuals stated they wish to get examined earlier than hopping on a flight and spending time with household. However one county public well being director stated that’s a foul concept.
“I made a decision to get examined as we speak as a result of I’m visiting my household subsequent week for Thanksgiving. And my mother’s older, she’s a senior citizen. And I simply needed to make it possible for I’m taking all of the precautions I can,” stated Katrina Cameron.
Cameron will likely be flying all the way down to San Diego subsequent week. She thought of cancelling, however fearful rising COVID-19 circumstances may result in extra journey restrictions later.
“After which, I assumed ‘what if it will get worse after which I don’t even have the choice to journey?’” Cameron stated.
Well being officers stated there’s no scarcity of take a look at kits. However the greater demand means longer traces, and probably delays in getting outcomes.
California well being officers reported 178,023 individuals within the state have been examined for the coronavirus on Thursday. In Alameda County alone, that quantity was 5,570.
“The primary man as we speak stated he had his automobile parked there since 3:30 this morning,” stated Janine Pinks, a doctor assistant at Stanford Well being Care ValleyCare.
Assessments are being administered on the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton with out an appointment wanted. However they solely have 200 take a look at kits every day.
“So we already had 200 individuals in line by 9:30 yesterday. At present, we have been turning individuals away individuals by 8:30 as a result of there have been already 200 individuals in line,” stated Pinks.
Some well being officers have supplied competing messages about whether or not or not individuals ought to get examined.
“We would like individuals who should take a look at to proceed to have entry. Important employees, individuals who have been uncovered, and individuals who have signs,” stated Santa Clara County Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody.
“We’re asking individuals who wish to take a look at, as a result of maybe they wish to take a look at earlier than touring or as a result of they wish to attend a small gathering, to please not,” Cody went on to say. “Merely postpone your journey, postpone your gathering till we’re out of this crucial part on this pandemic.”
Well being officers warned a unfavourable pre-travel take a look at doesn’t assure you gained’t unfold the virus. Cameron plans to get yet another take a look at in San Diego earlier than seeing her mother.
“I’m simply attempting to be extra cautious about myself and my environment and do what I can to be protected,” stated Cameron.
Well being officers stated the demand will likely be even greater subsequent week. They stated if you must get a take a look at, make an appointment as quickly as attainable.