Bloomberg Law
Jan. 4, 2022, 6:31 PM

Frustrated Covid Test-Seekers Are Overwhelming Emergency Rooms

Kristen V. Brown
Kristen V. Brown

As emergency rooms struggle to keep up with the omicron variant, they’re also contending with a stream of frustrated people looking for Covid tests.

With retailers short of at-home tests and wait times at many urgent care centers and doctor’s offices stretching for hours, those with mild or even non-existent virus symptoms have slammed ERs looking for anywhere that might have a test.

“A lot of people are pretty frustrated at long lines at testing centers. I get that. But they are coming to the ER and adding to the fray,” said Melisa Lai-Becker, an emergency physician and head of ...

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