Lengthy Testing Strains, Enhance In COVID-19 Instances Anticipated After Thanksgiving

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Above: Nurse examines COVID-19 nasal swab for Simon Law at Tubman Chavez Community Center, November 30, 2020.

Local health officials are expecting a large amount of COVID-19 testing after Thanksgiving, when travelers come from holiday meetings.

Health officials are urging anyone who has traveled or gathered on Thanksgiving to be tested and set aside for 14 days to avoid a major increase in cases.

Andrea LaCroix, professor and director of communicable diseases at UC San Diego, said the test was important for those who did not follow the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations on vacation.

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“If you went outside and went on vacation, you were at the airport, you were in restaurants or toilets and you got the virus, it’s important to get tested,” he said. “If you’re sure you can get out of the group and go back to a house where you won’t be spread out.”

The sheer number of recent visits and rising costs could also lead to long queues at the test site, as we saw Monday at the Tubman Chavez Community Center.

Leslee Buluran was waiting in line there because one of her co-workers was diagnosed with the virus.

“I have people in my home who have a lot of health problems and I want to make sure I always take care of myself. This is one of the ways I protect myself and my family, “Buluran said.

He believes that people can follow health advice and enjoy the holidays.

“I feel like we still have time, as long as everyone wears their masks and stays inside as best they can and I believe we can enjoy the holidays,” Buluran said.

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Lacroix says the entire next season could lead to a major overhaul and the death of COVID-19 only if it was provided with guidelines for complying with CDC guidelines.

“It just makes me want to cry for our people because I just think it’s going to be very painful in the next two months,” he said.

The County of San Diego has more than 35 testing centers throughout the state. To reserve an appointment or to get an unsubscribe trial page go to sandiegocounty.gov or call 2-1-1.


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