Pass the … COVID check: NYers get screened earlier than Thanksgiving dinner

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Green bean casserole and pumpkin pie is so pre-pandemic — these New Yorkers are bringing a destructive COVID-19 check to Thanksgiving dinner.

City residents and guests turned out in droves to get examined for the coronavirus earlier than going to rejoice the vacation with household and mates on Thursday.

“New Thanksgiving tradition,” stated an Upper West Sider who gave his identify as Ben C., whereas getting a free fast check at a neighborhood CityMD web site forward of seeing his in-laws.

He was one in all 100 individuals to go by way of the walk-in clinic on Broadway and West seventieth Street earlier than it closed at 1 p.m.. One lady who bought there at 1:40 p.m. was in tears when she discovered the positioning shuttered.

Judy Corcollo, 59, was on the town from Washington DC, to spend Thanksgiving together with her household within the Big Apple.

“My siblings want to know and everyone is worried about my 85-year-old mother,” she stated whereas awaiting her outcomes.

Over on the ClearMD clinic only a block away, some 20 individuals had shelled out $45 every to get screened by 2:30 p.m., which was “above average,” for the placement, a employee there stated.

A sign outside of a hospital advertises COVID-19 testing on November 19, 2021 in New York City.
An Upper West Side resident dubbed the urgency to get examined COVID-19 as a “”New Thanksgiving custom.”
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A girl in a fur coat, who gave her identify as Kathy Ok., bought a fast check earlier than heading throughout city to a buddy’s dinner on the Upper East Side — and was grateful for the abundance of testing websites in her neighborhood.

“I know how privileged I am to have the ability to get a COVID test last minute today,” she stated. “Others don’t have the same luxury in the city.”

Whitney Gold, 29, stated her pregnant sister was requiring all company to have a COVID vaccine and destructive check to be able to attend her Thanksgiving celebration in New Jersey.

“No one wants to get sick, especially put her and the baby at risk,” stated Gold, who bought a fast check at ClearMD.

“A booster isn’t a requirement, thank God, since I couldn’t get an appointment in time,” she added.

A Lab Q Diagnostic cell testing web site parked on West 72nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue had some 100 individuals get a free fast check earlier than 1:30 p.m., decrease than the five hundred day by day common it noticed earlier within the week.

“We’re going to see Wicked tomorrow and my son only has one shot so it’s required,” stated Jeff Galecke, 46, who was visiting the Big Apple from Boston together with his 11-year-old son Andrew.

Tommy Liberto, known as 'Mr. Christmas Tree' from Bel Air, Maryland, poses with employees at a COVID-19 testing site on November 19, 2021.
Tommy Liberto, often called ‘Mr. Christmas Tree’ from Bel Air, Maryland, poses with staff at a COVID-19 testing web site on November 19, 2021.
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“We’re here from Boston and have a tradition to go to a Mexican restaurant with the relatives in the city,” he stated. “This is amazing so have mobile tests readily available.”

Additional reporting by Tamar Lapin