People across the Carolinas getting tested for COVID-19 after Thanksgiving holiday

People lining up for COVID testing after holiday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The holiday season continues to bring higher demand to COVID-19 testing.

People across North and South Carolina are scheduling COVID-19 tests after traveling or gathering with family over Thanksgiving. Some chose to get tested on Monday.

“I believe it is important to get tested after people have been with family just to make sure as a precautionary measure,” David Ellis, with Carolina COVID Testing at Bojangles Coliseum, told WBTV.

A few people trickled into the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte for COVID-19 testing the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Ellis says the demand is impacting the turnaround of test results.

Testing for COVID-19 after holiday

“Roughly 3 to 5 days,” he said.

StarMed urgent care locations are still promising results in 48 hours.

Roughly 1,200 people got tests at their Mecklenburg County locations each day last week.

The Chief Medical Officer said he expects that daily number to rise to 1,500 this week due to the high number of exposures after the holiday.

In Gaston County, most results come back in two days, but the assistant health director told WBTV that “some tests are taking a much longer time than usual due to the increased volume.”

Across the border in South Carolina, hundreds drove up for a test at the Winthrop Coliseum.

“It took an hour and 20 minutes,” Chris Gross said.

The CDC recommends getting tested three to five days after international travel and staying home for 7 days after the trip.

People getting tested Monday say they did not travel, but they still feel it’s the right time to get a test.

“I had a few friends come from Virginia and as we know covid is everywhere,” Joshua Rowell said.

Some are looking beyond Thanksgiving to what’s ahead.

“You’ve got Christmas coming up people shopping that kind of thing so you need to protect yourself,” Gross said.

Testing will continue at the Winthrop Coliseum throughout the month of December.

According to the university website, once a vaccine is approved and available to administer, it will transition into a vaccine site.

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