Lengthy Testing Traces, Enhance In COVID-19 Circumstances Anticipated After Thanksgiving

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Above: A nurse performs a COVID-19 nasal swab test for Simon Law on November 30, 2020 at the Tubman Chavez Community Center.

Local health officials expect COVID-19 tests to spike after Thanksgiving as travelers return from holiday gatherings.

Health officials are urging anyone who has traveled or gathered during Thanksgiving to get tested and quarantined for 14 days to avoid an even bigger spike in cases.

Andrea LaCroix, professor and chief of epidemiology at UC San Diego, said testing is essential for those who do not adhere to CDC vacation guidelines and recommendations.

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“If you’re out and about and went to a holiday meeting, been to the airports, been to the restaurants or toilets and got infected, it’s important to get tested,” she said. “When you are sure, you can get out of the church and back to your house where you won’t spread it any further.”

The extent of recent travel and the surge in cases can also lead to long lines at test sites, like on Monday at the Tubman Chavez Community Center.

Leslee Buluran was waiting in line because one of her employees had tested positive for the virus.

“I have people in my household who have a lot of underlying health issues and I want to make sure I’m always careful. This is one of the steps I am taking to protect myself and my household, ”said Buluran.

She believes that people can follow health guidelines and still enjoy the holiday season.

“I have a feeling we still have time as long as everyone is wearing their masks and staying inside as much as possible and hopefully we can enjoy the vacation,” said Buluran.

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Lacroix says the rest of the holiday season is likely to cause even more cases and COVID-19 deaths unless further action is taken to meet CDC guidelines.

“It just makes me cry for our people because I think there is going to be a tremendous amount of pain in the next two months,” she said.

San Diego County has more than 35 test sites across the region. To book an appointment or find a test page with no appointment, go to sandiegocounty.gov or call 2-1-1.

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