Demand for COVID tests soars ahead of the holiday weekend



There is now a rush to get tested for COVID-19 before the holiday weekend as people prepare for trips to visit family or just to retreat.

On Thursday, the Curative test site along Cultural Park Avenue in Cape Coral had hundreds of people queuing for a free COVID-19 test.

For many there, the test is a requirement for an upcoming trip. Some said they were preparing to go on a cruise or return home to another country. Others just want the peace of mind knowing they won’t get sick when they’re all together for Christmas.

Just a few days ago, there was no wait at the medical testing facility. It was a different story on Thursday.

“We have been here for almost an hour,” said Jamuna Sarvananthan.

So does Charlie Menke, “about an hour I think.” And Iliana Eduardo, “I’ve been waiting an hour, and I still haven’t gotten in.”

Everyone has their reasons for having to wait in long lines.

“We had to double check before we went back to Canada,” said Sarvananthan.

Cape Coral’s Vinny Donato doesn’t travel but says, “we don’t want to be around people and say, ‘oh, I’m not feeling well,’ without knowing that I don’t have COVID.”

Some test locations will open on Christmas Eve; others won’t.

So it’s important for many people to achieve their results and peace of mind while they can.

“It’s not so much for myself, just for the people I’m visiting. In case I’m positive, I can let them know,” Menke said.

Hundreds of people also gathered at the test site of the Century Link sports complex in Fort Myers. The line is very wide, the traffic is backed up to the Six Mile Cypress.

“I don’t want any vulnerable loved ones to get sick if we can prevent it,” said Iris Rodriguez, who was waiting in line for the test. So thanks to us for having that test and giving you results so fast. That’s a great thing in this community. ”

Like many other test locations, the Curative test site won’t reopen until the Sunday after Christmas.

Although all appointments are booked at the century sports complex on Friday, you will be allowed to walk in between 8am and 3pm

If you’re looking for a home test kit you can buy, it’s best to check online first. The drug stores that WINK News examined on Thursday were sold out.

If you want to know where you can get tested in Lee County, click here or visit

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Aila Slisco

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