COVID-19 concerns increase as people return from holiday travel

Published: Dec. 26, 2021 at 3:28 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 26, 2021 at 6:15 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Rising concerns about the Omicron variant have people racing to pharmacies to get their COVID test - especially as people return from the holidays. The rush is so intense that many are reporting all of their at-home testing kits have completely sold out.

“I just want to make sure I don’t bring anything home with me since we traveled for the holidays,” said Maggie Johnson, who traveled to New York. “We are fully vaccinated, but you just never know.”

Both Walgreens and CVS locations throughout Richmond reported being completely sold out of these testing kits. In response to the rush, Richmond-Henrico Health Districts have added COVID testing sites to give more resources to those who wish to be tested or vaccinated.

The first will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 28th at Second Baptist Church on Broad Rock Boulevard from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The second will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 29th, at the Eastern Henrico Rec Center on North Laburnum from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Officials say they are expecting long lines for these testing sites, but are still urging everyone to be tested and to bring their patience with them.

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