COVID-19 testing lines getting longer now that it’s easier to get tested in NC

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolinians can now get a COVID-19 test without a doctor’s order and testing locations across the Triangle are starting to see longer lines.

At the Walgreens testing location at 3793 Guess Road in Durham, dozens of vehicles were waiting to get in the parking lot on Thursday morning.

The line ran over into the street and wrapped around the intersection of Horton and Guess Roads most of the morning.

Most of the people CBS 17 spoke did not have an appointment. They said they showed up early and waited hours to get tested.

“It’s a slow moving line, but I was told that I should be able to be seen today,” said E.B. Bartlett, a resident from Wilmington who decided to come get tested.

Bartlett got in line at six a.m. on Thursday morning and it was after 11 a.m. when he finally got tested.

“I just got in on an international flight last night and the CDC is recommending that you self-quarantine for 14 days,” Bartlett said.

Bartlett said he wants to see his kids now that he is back home and he wanted to make sure he did not contract the virus overseas.

“You certainly don’t want to put other people at risk,” Bartlett said.

In North Carolina, it is now easier to get tested. This week, state health officials said you no longer need to have a doctor’s order.

Now all that is required in North Carolina to get tested is you must meet the CDC’s criteria, which means you either have symptoms or think you might have been exposed.

At the Walgreens location in Durham, the tests are free and it is a nasal swab that you can administer yourself.

Even though Bartlett had to wait in line all morning, he said it was worth it.

“This is one great step you can take to just make sure you’re safe and that you’re not harming other people around you,” Bartlett said.

While the Walgreens location on Guess Road is taking walk-ins, officials are still urging people to make appointments.

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