San Diegans line up for COVID-19 tests ahead of Thanksgiving

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SAN DIEGO — Local COVID-19 testing sites were busy Monday as San Diegans rush to get their results before visiting family for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Rather than rushing to buy any last-minute items for their Thanksgiving meal, hundreds of San Diegans spent hours of their weekend waiting in line to get a free COVID-19 test.

FOX 5 spoke with many individuals who said the wait for a walk-up test was worth it since they are catching flights home this week.

“My parents are above 65 years old so I just want to be safe,” one woman told FOX 5. “I’m also working at a hospital so I just want to be safe before going home for a little bit.”

“My brother tested positive and that’s why we are all getting tested today,” said Susanna Gonzales a woman lined up a COVID-19 test in Vista. The line was moving relatively quickly, with most people getting tested within about 30 minutes.

Several of the people waiting in line in Vista were getting tested before family Thanksgiving gatherings. They were hoping for a negative test so they could feel OK about hugging loved ones.

“I need to help my folks and they are 90 and in poor health,” said one man who didn’t want to share his name. “I’m getting tested, then I’m quarantining, I just don’t want to mess with my folks.”

San Diego County health officials say anyone hosting a holiday gathering should keep it small, short and safe. They say gatherings should be limited to a maximum of three households and last two hours or less. Individuals are advised to stay outdoors as much as possible and wear face coverings when not eating or drinking.

Check here for San Diego County’s COVID-19 testing schedule and sites.

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