New York City has reached peak omicron hysteria this week.
Well, I hope the Big Apple is close to its fearful climax. I’ve learned never to underestimate the Covidian Cult’s insanity.
And its members came out in full force begging for free COVID-19 tests right before the Christmas holiday.
Before Christmas Eve, there were enormous lines at city-wide COVID-19 testing sites.
Thousands of New York City residents have been waiting in lines in below-freezing temperatures for hours to get tested for the new COVID Omicron variant, which typically presents with symptoms similar to the common cold.pic.twitter.com/txlw9iZQzd
— Michael P Senger (@MichaelPSenger) December 21, 2021
However, Friday was the second day that free at-home COVID testing kits were given away at pop-up testing sites in New York City.
In some areas, larger than expected crowds showed up to obtain one of the coveted free at-home COVID testing kits.
Footage has shown hectic scenes at some sites where frantic New Yorkers pushed and shoved to snag one of the kits. After supply ran out in Flatbush, Brooklyn, cops had to settle flared tempers amongst the crowd.
New Yorkers waited in long lines on Thursday as the city distributed free COVID-19 rapid tests ahead of Christmas. Cases in New York have spiked in recent weeks to record highs, driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant. pic.twitter.com/fUngdK60gW
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 24, 2021
— Mike (@IDontrustBiden) December 25, 2021
In some parts of the city, larger-than-expected turnouts for free at-home COVID testing kits led to angry scenes. https://t.co/AbcNroHl4n
— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) December 25, 2021
The New York Post had the scoop on the chaotic scene:
Tempers flared as the larger-than-expected crowd descended on Flatbush and Church avenues, one of five spots in the Big Apple where city health officials were doling out tests amid a surge in demand over the holidays and lack of supply.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has opened about 120 city testing sites — and has several mobile testing facilities making the rounds on local streets — amid an unprecedented spike in the virus thanks to the Omicron variant.
“We’ve opened new city-run testing sites in all five boroughs and have been handing out at-home #COVID-19 tests to those waiting in line,” de Blasio said on Twitter. “Our teams are working tirelessly to get you what you need.”
But it hasn’t been enough. And many sites were due to close early on Friday and Saturday, the city health department tweeted — leaving virus-conscious locals even more uneasy.
Angry New Yorkers have already been very vocal about delays at the sites, reporting long lines and inconsistent availability — and even price gouging.
In New York, COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed during the frigid winter months as expected. While the Empire State flattened the curve, it was on the wrong axis. The dramatic surge in the more mild omicron variant has pushed the state into a frenzy for COVID-19 tests.
Thanks to a very aggressive, segregationist vaccine policy and ubiquitous mask mandates, New York is very successful at… at… what? pic.twitter.com/tO2eoWtedR
— Covid19Crusher (@Covid19Crusher) December 23, 2021
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