Just a few weeks ago, New York seemed to be a relative bright spot in the fight against the US coronavirus. Now it’s a hotspot, faced with a staggering increase in cases, a scramble for testing, a dilemma over a major event, and an exhausting sense of deja vu.
An omicron wave of cases is sweeping the country’s most populous city, which served as the country’s nightmarish test case at the start of the pandemic. While health officials say there are important reasons why it’s not spring 2020 again, some Broadway shows have abruptly canceled performances, a mandate for indoor face masks is back and testing is hard to come by.
With temperatures hovering around freezing, Nina Clark entered the series of tests for the third time since her symptoms began on Thursday. Once again she walked away.
“I stood there in the cold and said, ‘I can’t do this,'” she said. “Everywhere you go there’s a line.”
As officials and health experts urged people to get not just tests but vaccine boosters, an hour-long line formed for both at a privately owned pharmacy in Lower Manhattan.
After closing some test centers last month due to lack of demand and in favor of pop-up test cars, the city is trying to expand capacity again. The 130,000 daily tests at city-sponsored sites are already double what they were three weeks ago, and Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday the city would add 20 permanent sites and three vans this week. There are also plans to distribute 500,000 home testing kits.
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