Demand for COVID-19 tests slows slightly at Military Circle Mall
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — After weeks of long lines for COVID-19 tests, demand is finally slowing.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were more than 100 appointments open at the Military Circle testing site in Norfolk.
Still, many people need to get tested to find out if they have COVID-19. Health officials told 10 On Your Side there were 300 appointments available Tuesday. By 1 p.m., there were still 198 left. About an hour later, there were about 100 left.
They had appointments available and 10 On Your Side saw some people walk in, use the QR code to register right there, hang around, get an appointment, then take a test.
David Marshall, a Norfolk resident, said he had had no difficulty recently getting tested. He signed up Monday night to get tested on Tuesday.
Virginia Beach resident Bonnie Fortin also said she passed a test on Tuesday with ease.
“It was actually quite easy. It was more difficult when I had COVID to originally get tested at Patient First,” she said.
And that’s the point: it’s getting easier to get tested and hopefully it will get even easier as time progresses.
Virginians who have not been fully vaccinated or are eligible for booster doses can visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877) 829-4682 to find nearby vaccination clinics.
Those looking to find or schedule a testing appointment can visit vase.vdh.virginia.gov/testingappointment.