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Kentucky COVID-19 testing lines longer, labs busier ahead of holiday season

Kentucky COVID-19 testing lines longer, labs busier ahead of holiday season

In the blink of an eye, COVID-19 has once again changed everything. Just days before Thanksgiving, people are rushing to get tested, which wasn’t the reality just a few weeks ago.

Dina English, the Marketing Director of Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory, says they went from seeing less than 100 patients at their Southeast Christian Church drive through location, to hundreds of people lining up and waiting hours.

“We would have 30 to 40 tests that we did the entire day at Southeast Christian, and then a couple of weeks ago, we sat on a four hour wait,” said English.

English says the spike in testing started right after Halloween. Whether it was trick or treaters, or people preparing for holidays, more people started showing up. Dr. Erik Korte, the laboratory director, says their work inside the lab changed drastically.

“So between the first week of November and the second week, we had 3,000 more tests come through the laboratory,” Korte said.

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