Home test kits are scarce in Mobile, forcing many people to take a test in another way
By TYLER FINGERT
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MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – COVID cases are on the rise again in the South. Thousands of people test positive in Alabama every day, and Mobile County is seeing a similar increase in cases.
With the increase in the number of cases, many are looking for rapid home test kits. This rush, destroying the supply in the region. Most pharmacies are out or about to be.
“People started to come and the demand got really high,” said Teresa Elmore, pharmacist at Dawes Pointe Pharmacy.
Elmore says a month ago they had about 100 tests on hand, Tuesday they had none and has been doing so for about two weeks.
“After Thanksgiving the increase in the number of cases increased dramatically, the more people were exposed, then some people just wanted to test before they reunited with the family, so we sold more and more and when we tried to rearrange, they were out, “she said.
With so many home tests sold out, people are lining up at emergency care and other testing sites to find out if they are positive.
“It’s spreading like wildfire,” said Dr. Scott Harris, Alabama state health official.
On Monday, the Mobile County Health Department reached capacity at its testing site more than three hours before the shutdown.
Dr Harris says they are working to speed up testing.
“We don’t have enough tests for everyone,” he said. “I don’t think any state has enough testing for everyone, but we are working to fix it.”
Back at Dawes Pointe Pharmacy, they are looking for more in-home tests and they hope to be restocked as soon as possible.
“We order online and we check the site every day, two to three times a day to see if they are getting the supply, because we can order them quickly if they have,” Elmore said.
Alabama testing figures show that about two in five people tested for COVID-19 in the past seven days are positive.
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