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Holiday Travel Creating Long Lines At San Diego COVID-19 Testing Centers

A long line of people waiting to get tested at the USD Former USD Electronics Recycling Center testing site. Nov. 23, 2020.
Guillermo Sevilla
A long line of people waiting to get tested at the USD Former USD Electronics Recycling Center testing site. Nov. 23, 2020.

Despite a travel advisory, people are still packing their bags and flying out of San Diego International Airport.

“I am flying home to Denver for the holidays just to be with my family for Thanksgiving,” said Kayte Livran, an SDSU student.

Holiday Travel Creating Long Lines At San Diego COVID-19 Testing Centers
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For her, booking a plane ticket also meant booking a COVID-19 test. Two, in fact.

Livran has an appointment for a rapid COVID-19 test when she lands in Denver before seeing her family. She has another testing appointment upon her return to San Diego, before going back to work.

“Yes, both ways. When I get to Denver I'll have to take one so I can be with my family and when I get back to (San Diego) State I’ll get tested again to be able to get back to work,” she said.

The demand for the COVID-19 test has created long lines at testing centers.

On Monday, a maze of people lined up at the Former USD Electronics Recycling Center, one of the 13th free testing sites in San Diego County.

Kyle Rudman waited in line to be tested for an upcoming trip.

“I'm flying to NYC so I have to get tested and I have to make sure I'm really safe about everything because it's a real serious thing,” he said.

While it is recommended that people stay home this holiday season to avoid the spread of COVID-19, San Diego Airport officials released some travel tips.

All travelers are required to wear face-covering while on airport property. Travelers should practice safety measures such as washing hands often, avoid touching their faces, keeping 6 feet of social distancing and conducting a temperature check before arriving at the airport.

Coronavirus cases are surging among Latino communities in the South Bay, and unemployment is on the rise there as well. While they only make up one third of the population in San Diego county, Latinos account for 60% of all cases. Meanwhile Governor Gavin Newsom gives a press conference from quarantine in his home after a family member was exposed to Covid-19. Plus, local restaurants are making plans for deliveries and take out for Thanksgiving as they struggle to survive during the Covid-19 shutdowns.