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Wake County COVID-19 testing hits daily record as long lines stop the Triangle on Christmas Eve

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — More than 13,000 COVID-19 tests have been completed each day this week in Wake County — with a new record set Thursday, officials said.

An increase in COVID-19 cases means a spike in COVID-19 testing, especially before the Christmas holiday season.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services partnered with MAKO Medical to open an additional testing site in Raleigh to meet the huge testing demand.

But, shopping malls aren’t the only places with long lines on Christmas Eve.

By 6 a.m. Friday, people were starting to line up for the driving test site at the Communion of the Word Church on Rock Quarry Road.

“Just trying to get a test. We got here pretty early,” said Susan Sinden, who lined up before the test site opened at 7 a.m.

Another Triangle resident echoed Sinden’s comment and couldn’t believe the length of the lines by the time she got there.

“It was crazy, we thought we were early,” repeated Karen Jones, in another car, looking at the row in front of her.

By 8 a.m., the line was more than half a mile long.

“Since it (one of the only ones) is open today, I thought it was going to be this way,” said Donna Greer.

She was with dozens of drivers and passengers, waiting to get a cotton swab for a last-minute COVID-19 test. Results from these tests are expected to be released within 12 to 36 hours, meaning people should find out their status by Christmas morning or midday.

Samantha Miller explained: “I tested negative twice and then I tested positive yesterday. “My family wants me to be sure and double-check.”

That’s when the quick results come in handy.

Everyone in line told CBS 17 they just wanted to make sure their loved ones stayed safe and healthy.

“I’m going to see my 92-year-old grandmother and want to make sure everything’s okay,” says Jones, even though she has told her family she has been vaccinated. “I’d rather be safe than sorry.”

The triangle is seeing COVID-19 cases continue to rise across its communities.

“I feel like during the holidays, people are walking around, they’re shopping and seeing more people,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t expect (the numbers) to drop (to be) down.”

However, Wake County said Friday morning that it tested a record 12,322 people on the Thursday before the Christmas holiday.

Miller, along with many in the line, know that depending on what their tests say, they may have to change their Christmas plans.

But like any other family, Miller’s was on guard, no matter what.

“We went to my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve, and now we’re going to do it around January,” she said.

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