PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – With the omicron surge and millions of Americans preparing to travel for Christmas, the demand for rapid tests is increasing. Doctors want people to get tested to avoid spreading the virus at family gatherings, but can valley towns and pharmacies keep up with the demand? Some cities have given out free rapid tests, but these are out of stock within hours.
A lot of people trust the rapid test kits from CVS and Walgreens, so we wanted to know exactly what you need to do to find a rapid test in the Valley right now. On Monday, the town of Mesa ran out of free rapid tests in two hours. The city of Tempe ran out of free three-hour rapid tests on Tuesday. “We know that many people continue to seek home test kits because of their convenience and sometimes they are insufficient,” said Jessica Rigler of the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Huge demand: Mesa’s free COVID-19 test kits gone in 2 hours
AZDHS is aware of the demand and is considering federal aid for change in January. But what about now before Christmas? We hopped onto a computer at the information station to find out what the situation in the valley was really like.
We started with the popular Binax Now home rapid tests. Going through the Valley CVS store list, many were out of stock, but the most stocked stores appeared to be in West Phoenix and some in West Valley. Walgreens had a side story; Binax Now tests sold out in many stores, but some went to the West Valley.
“I compare it to those ‘epidemic’ movies you see, where everyone walks around in ignorant bliss for a while, before it really hits.”
These tests weren’t available for purchase online from many places including Amazon, so when we looked to see what Amazon has to offer, they have a different brand of home tests as a kit. ” best seller “, but as soon as possible. to be delivered is on Christmas Eve, with delivery possible until January 5.
While home testing is the easiest, it is often not reflected in the actual number of COVID-19 cases in our state. “Home testing, we know, we won’t recover 100% of reports. So we definitely ask people if they are positive or if a family member is positive on a home test kit that they are bringing back. this information to their health care provider so that it can be reported to public health, ”Rigler said.
One way to ensure that a positive case is reported is to schedule a rapid test at one of the pharmacies, but the demand for this is also extremely high.
The first dates we could find for CVS and Walgreens were December 26th, with most Valley stores posting December 27th.
It was a similar story for PCR testing; we only saw a lot of these dates available after Christmas as well. Of course, there are other testing companies as well as emergency and primary care doctors who also offer testing. So it is important to also check with them as they may have free slots or be able to work with you.
Biden detailed the major changes to his COVID-19 winter plan, his hand forced by the fast-spreading variant, whose properties are not yet fully understood by scientists. Yet his message was clear that the winter break could be close to normal for the vaccinated while potentially dangerous for the unvaccinated.
AZDHS said if you test negative on any of the home tests but have symptoms and know you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, they recommend that you follow up with a PCR test. after that to confirm that you are really negative.
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