Lines at LI COVID-19 testing sites grow as fears of second wave intensify

Dr. Neal Shipley says Northwell has seen a significant rise in the number of patients coming in who have been testing positive for the virus or have COVID-19-related health concerns.

News 12 Staff

Nov 17, 2020, 10:22 PM

Updated 1,306 days ago

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Lines are continuing to grow at COVID-19 testing sites across Long Island as fears of  a second wave intensify.
News 12 was in Plainview and spoke to the medical director of Northwell Health GoHealth Urgent Care.
Dr. Neal Shipley says Northwell has seen a significant rise in the number of patients coming in who have been testing positive for the virus or have COVID-19-related health concerns.
Dr. Shipley says the number of people coming in has been steadily creeping up over the last month, and it's gone up significantly over the last two weeks.
As for the types of people coming in, he says they cross all ages, all communities, they've seen it just about with everyone.
"The most common reason people come in is because they think they've had an exposure, they have a concern and either they have a known positive exposure, someone in their life has tested positive or they have a concern because they've traveled to a high risk area or they don't feel well," says Dr. Shipley.
As for the increase in the number of people, in an effort to not have people standing outside and waiting to get a test, Northwell suggests you go to their website, try to make an appointment online or even get a virtual health appointment. 


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