(WXYZ) — As people scramble to the store to get their last-minute Thanksgiving groceries, others this year are trying to walk into pharmacies, clinics and labs to get a COVID-19 test.
This year before Thanksgiving, some people ask for a negative test result before entering.
“We have kale here. That’s my assigned dish to bring to Thanksgiving this year,” said St. Claire Shores resident Lekisha Weathersby.
Weathersby and her family keep it small and play it safe.
“We’re making sure we’re vaccinated and we have negative COVID-19 tests,” she said.
Her family is not the only one with a negative test rule.
Allison Heeres’ family wants the same. She is getting a COVID-19 test before heading west to Battle Creek on Thursday to be with her family.
“Both my parents are in their seventies,” Heeres said.
And she, keeping her niece and nephew safe is a priority.
“One just got his first chance but hasn’t been able to get his second – he’s 6,” she said.
At Worldwide Clinical Labz in Detroit, they work around the clock to get people their results before Thanksgiving.
“We’ve seen about a 30% increase in the number of people getting tested. It’s been quite busy,” said company president Michael Clemmon.
He says they keep getting calls from people trying to get COVID-19 tests at the last minute.
“Most people come in to prepare before seeing loved ones. Many people want to make sure they are not infected before spending time with family,” he adds.
Clemmon says that in his labs and most places, you can have PCR results within 24 hours.
“We also have a fast PCR that can come back in 45 minutes,” Clemmon said.
Other testing sites such as CVS say their stores “will not conduct testing on November 25.”
But they offer an alternative to customers: “We also currently offer the Abbott BinaxNOW, Pixel by LabCorp, and Quidel Quickvue over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at CVS Pharmacy.”
Walgreens also has a self-test kit available in all of their stores for anyone who wants to try a test on Thanksgiving.
For COVID-19 testing near you, visit the the state’s coronavirus website.
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