Long lines for COVID tests in Lubbock after record-high new cases

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LUBBOCK, Texas — The lines at the only City of Lubbock COVID-19 testing site at 50th and Boston have seen an increase of people in need of a test.

Around noon Tuesday an employee at the testing center told a photojournalist on the scene there was an average 45-minute wait in line to get tested.

On Monday, the City of Lubbock reported a record-high number of positive Coronavirus cases with 813 people testing positive for the virus in a single day. On Tuesday, the city counted 492 cases.

The first four days of the new year have brought 2,089 new COVID-19 cases to the Lubbock area, almost half of December’s total case count. The last week saw an average of 473 new cases per day, compared to an average daily case count of 138 in December.

Lubbock Public Health Director Katherine Wells stressed patience as residents seek testing. She said the city has tested approximately 600 people daily since the start of the year, up from just about 40 before Christmas.

While the Omicron variant has lengthened lines at testing sites, it has not yet overwhelmed the local hospital system. Covenant Health explained the problem is not in the number of patients, but in the number of personnel.

“While Lubbock has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 positive cases in recent weeks, the population of those hospitalized for the virus has only steadily increased,” Covenant Health’s Regional Chief Medical Officer Dr. Craig Rhyne told KAMC News. “The issue we are facing currently has nothing to do with beds available for sick patients, but caregivers available to care for them.”

Our hospital region’s capacity taken up by COVID-19 patients also slightly increased Tuesday, ticking up to 14.14 percent.

RELATED STORY: COVID-19 Update: City of Lubbock reports 2,151 new cases, 6 additional deaths since Dec. 30

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