COVID Surge, testing lines continue into the new year – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – COVID-19 cases are rising to unprecedented levels across the US just as millions of cases ring in the new year.

The country broke its average daily COVID-19 case record this week with an average of more than 355,000 infections reported each day this week, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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“Given the size of our country and the variety of vaccinations versus no vaccinations, it could take more than a few weeks,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. maybe by the end of January.” Diseases.

While the Maryland Department of Health halted COVID-19 reporting for the holiday weekend, the latest figures from Thursday showed more than 14,000 new cases of the virus, a record single-day increase in new cases. while the total number of hospitalizations also reached a record 2,122.

Getting tested for the virus is a dilemma for Marylanders, many of whom are struggling to find testing available or waiting in long lines to get tested.

“We had two members of my family do the rapid test at home and it came back positive and we couldn’t find any more rapid tests,” said Renee Sullivan of Annapolis. Annapolis said.

The trial site at Anne Arundel Medical Center was opened by the Maryland Department of Health on Friday to try to meet growing demand.

But many said they had to wait for hours.

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Chanda Anderson, who was in line, said: “This line covers all of these garages.

Justin Magno, who was also in line, said: “It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen the beginning of it, it’s kind of like tripping at the end of it. It took me about an hour to go from that point to this point. ”

Many others lined up at the other new testing site at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health in Bel Air.

Both locations are expected to be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week as the state tries to take action to address the surge.

“They’re overwhelmed, which is understandable because no one would expect this spike right around the holidays,” said Sullivan.

Only walking steps will be accepted at both of those new test sites.

Another thing to note, while these locations were scheduled to stay open until 3pm, the Anne Arundel Medical Center had to close early due to overcrowding and officials were expecting something similar. throughout the weekend.

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So if you need to check in, get there early. COVID Surge, testing lines continue into the new year – CBS Baltimore

Dustin Huang

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