COVID-19 testing in Yigo cut off early due to long lines

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At least 300 cars were already in line for drive-thru swabbing and there were many more people in the walk-up testing queues. (PNC photo by Ed Suarez)

For the second time this week, lines of island residents coming out for COVID-testing had to be cut off early.

This morning, at the Yigo Gym, the Department of Public Health and Social Services called in the Guam Police Department to end the line by 8:45 a.m. before the clinic was even scheduled to begin.

At least 300 cars were already in line for drive-thru swabbing and there were many more people in the walk-up testing queues. They all showed up early, much like last Tuesday during the Mangilao testing.

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Bertha Taijeron, Public Health’s liaison, told K57’s Patti Arroyo that they learned their lesson from the Mangilao test site.

“Even though we cut the line a little early, we still had, I believe, over 200 cars in line. So by the time we were done screening and testing the last car, it was about 4:30 p.m.,” Taijeron said.

Public Health says nurse teams finished swabbing residents around 1 p.m. today and they collected 525 samples.

There are currently no other community clinics planned but Adelup says more will be announced shortly.

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