Residents get their free COVID test kit at home – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to ravage throughout Southern California, so is the demand for test kits.

“I want a negative covid test so I can stop isolating myself from my boyfriend,” said patient Tim Banh.

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Residents lined up at their local test sites to pick up their home kits after a program to send the kits was filled with the high demand. Sites like Plummer Park in West Hollywood turned into an outdoor medical center as rows of people picked up their free test kits at home. But instead of returning to their homes and performing the tests there, some residents bowed their heads and pushed the cotton swabs into their noses soon after receiving the kits.

“I just have to hop in my car, wipe my nose and then come and bring it back really fast,” said West Hollywood resident Sam Luna.

According to county officials, the new self-service system could add about 10,000 tests each day in the county, providing an alternative for residents who are struggling to find home test kits themselves or hoping to dodge the hour-long queues at some tests. sites.

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“I went to five and I was not able to find a home test,” Luna said. “I went to Walgreens and CVS, I was not able to find the test, so I literally drove from CVS down the street and saw this.”

The rapidly rising case figures relate to doctors who fear that the Omicron variant is spreading too fast.

“It’s so contagious that I almost feel it’s inevitable that we’re all going to be exposed,” said the doctor at the emergency room, Dr. Angelique Campen. “I hear that more and more people who are fully vaccinated, who practice hand hygiene, universal masking, are getting sick, we really need to limit that.”

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As the new variant quickly spread among the residents, the Department of Public Health encourages people to postpone their unnecessary gatherings.

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